A New Jersey man who robbed a Mount Pleasant bank earlier this year pleaded guilty in federal court in Charleston for robbing that bank and another one in Florida.
Craig S. Ozarowski, 55, of Belmar, N.J., pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery.
Police said Ozarowski spent time in prison for several robberies in New Jersey where he became known as the “boastful bandit,” and had been paroled. But he absconded from his federal probation just 10 days before he robbed a bank in Mount Pleasant, police said.
Ozarowski robbed the SunTrust bank on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard on Feb. 13. Prosecutors said he handed a teller a note demanding money and showed a weapon in his jacket to bank employees.
Police found Ozarowski at a nearby hotel, where they also discovered evidence tying him to a bank robbery in St. Augustine, Fla., that occurred on Feb. 8.
Ozarowski was charged with bank robbery in a Florida federal district court and agreed to plead guilty in South Carolina. Ozarowski also faces charges for violating federal supervised release, according to federal prosecutors.
Published reports from New Jersey state that Ozarowski was busted in the Garden State in May 1984 after a failed bank robbery. He told police he had pulled off 30 bank robberies since getting out of prison the previous month, according to an Associated Press report.
He gained his nickname and notoriety for his habit of calling police to boast of his exploits, comparing himself to infamous bank robber Clyde Barrow of Bonnie and Clyde renown, a 2006 article in the Ocean County (N.J.) Observer stated.
Ozarowski later pleaded guilty to a handful of bank robberies and other hold-ups and he was sentenced to some 30 years in prison, the Observer article stated.
Ozarowski was released from federal prison in December 2012 after serving more than 30 years, according to prosecutors.
He now faces a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison or a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced at a later date.
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