Bail set at $600,000 for ‘boastful bandit’ from New Jersey
A convicted robber from New Jersey was ordered held in lieu of a $600,000 bail during a hearing this morning after the police said he hit a bank in Mount Pleasant about 24 hours earlier.
Craig S. Ozarowski, 55, of Belmark, who is known as the “boastful bandit” in his home state, faces charges of armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
Ozarowski was imprisoned in the 1980s for a robbery in New Jersey, after which he bragged about hitting some 30 banks, according to published reports.
During Ozarowski’s bond hearing, a Mount Pleasant detective said the suspect was on federal probation for convictions in New Jersey and that he had absconded.
“I just got done doing 33 years,” Ozarowski told Magistrate Linda Lombard. “I was up in New Jersey ... and things didn’t go good. They didn’t want to help nobody out.
“They say the feds want me for different things — armed robberies, bank robberies.”
Now he’s accused of robbing the SunTrust Bank on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard about 9:16 a.m. Wednesday.
The robber used a handgun and said he had an explosive device when he demanded $1,663 in cash, according to arrest affidavits.
The police found Ozarowski after he fled to a nearby Holiday Inn Express, they said.
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