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FBI offering $5000 reward for robbery fugitive

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 15:50:21-04

The FBI is offering a $5000 reward for anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of a bank robbery fugitive.

Special Agent Adam Cohen says Michael James Keitz has a warrant out for his arrest on federal bank robbery charges.

According to court documents, Keitz appeared to fill out a deposit slip at the M&T Bank located at 1205 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst on October 2, 2015.

The court documents say Keitz then entered the teller line and handed the bank teller a note that demanded money and contained a bomb threat. Agents say the teller gave him money and then Ketiz left the bank.

The court documents also reveal that seven days later, Keitz entered the Northwest Savings Bank located at 2513 West State Street in Olean, New York. The same incident ensued, except this time the note demanded the teller give him money or "get shot."

Special Agent Cohen says after the second teller gave Keitz the money, he fled the bank on a bicycle he had stolen earlier that day. Police later recovered the bicycle.

The FBI says Keitz should be considered armed and dangerous. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. Law enforcement says he also has scars on his chest and left forearm.

Investigations reveal Keitz was most likely in Orlando, Florida in late December 2016. The FBI says he could be anywhere in the country now. They say he is known to live a transient lifestyle and to walk long distances - he once walked from Virginia to New York, according to agents. The FBI also says Keitz is comfortable living outdoors and has no known address.

Anyone with information about Ketiz should call FBI Buffalo at 856-7800.