'Boastful bandit' indicted for Mt. Pleasant bank robbery

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A New Jersey man known as the "boastful bandit" has been federally indicted for a Mt. Pleasant bank robbery authorities say he committed in February.

Craig Ozarowski, 55, was indicted on Thursday for robbing the Suntrust Bank, located off Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, on Feb. 13 around 9:15 a.m.

Mount Pleasant Police Major Stan Gragg said Ozarowski threatened employees with a gun and got away with an undetermined amount of cash. Court documents confirm he made off with just over $1,600.

Ozarowski, a registered guest at the Holiday Inn Express next door, ran back to the hotel immediately after the robbery, Gragg said.

The bandit, who was staying on the fourth floor, was arrested without incident a few minutes later. Officers recovered an air-soft pistol in Ozarowski's hotel room.

Ozarowski confessed to the robbery, according to court documents.

He is also facing state charges of armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.  He has remained behind bars in the Charleston County Detention Center under a $600,000 bond since his arrest.

According to the Associated Press, Ozarowski boasted to police in the 1980s he had pulled off 30 robberies, 13 of them at banks.  Additionally, he was allegedly known to call authorities and challenge them to catch him after the robberies.

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