The New Jersey man known back home as the “boastful bandit” accused of robbing a Mount Pleasant bank last month will now face a federal charge.
Craig S. Ozarowski, 55, of Belmar, was charged with one count of bank robbery.
He is accused of robbing a SunTrust bank in Mount Pleasant on Feb. 13, according to the indictment. Police said he stole $1,663, according to an affidavit.
Investigators said he had spent time in prison for several robberies in New Jersey and had been paroled. He absconded from his federal probation just 10 days before the Mount Pleasant incident, police said.
Ozarowski also faces state charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
A man wearing a nylon sweatsuit held up the bank at 404 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. The robber pointed a black handgun at one of the five employees, police said.
He claimed to have a gun and an explosive device, according to police. The robber ran from the bank and scampered through a parking lot toward the Holiday Inn Express about 100 yards away. That’s where police said they found Ozarowski, who had rented a room.
Officers discovered an airsoft pistol in his room, but no bomb, police said.
If convicted in federal court, Ozarowski could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison and could pay up to a $250,000 fine. He’ll appear before a judge for his arraignment at federal court in Charleston on April 23.
He is jailed at the Cannon Detention Center on a $600,000 bail amount set on the state charges.
Andrew Knapp of contributed to this report.
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