Reward Offered for Information Leading to Bank Robbery Fugitive

Accused of robbing two banks in October 2015

Tom Puckett
March 28, 2017 - 3:44 pm

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man accused of holding up a pair of banks in 2015.

The FBI says Michael James Keitz entered the M&T Bank located at 1205 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst October 2, 2015, went to a desk area containing banking forms and appeared to fill out a deposit slip.  The FBI says he then entered the teller line and handed the teller a note that demanded money and contained a bomb threat.  After the teller gave him money, Keitz left the bank. 

A week later, the FBI says Keitz entered the Northwest Savings Bank located at 2513 West State Street in Olean and went to a similar area. The FBI says he then entered the teller line and handed over a note to the teller demanding the teller give him money or "get shot."  After the teller gave Keitz money, he fled the bank on a bicycle that he had stolen earlier in the day. The stolen bicycle was later recovered by police.

Based on recent investigation,the FBI believes Keitz was in Orlando, Florida in late December 2016.  He has been known to live a transient lifestyle in the past and by now could be anywhere in the country. He often walks long distances, once walking from Virginia to New York.  He is comfortable living in the outdoors and has no known address.

Anyone with information about Keitz should contact FBI Buffalo at 716.856.7800 or

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