'Boastful bandit' pleads guilty to Mt. Pleasant bank robbery

Published: Aug. 14, 2013 at 8:23 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2013 at 8:42 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A New Jersey man known as the "boastful bandit" has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Mount Pleasant as well as one in Florida.

Craig Ozarowski entered a guilty plea to two counts of bank robbery in federal court in Charleston on Wednesday.

Authorities say Ozarowski robbed the Suntrust Bank, located off Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, on Feb. 13. Mount Pleasant police 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.

According to police, Ozarowski was arrested shortly after the robbery at a nearby hotel where he was staying at. Officers say they recovered an air-soft pistol in Ozarowski's hotel room.

Ozarowski confessed to the robbery, according to court documents.

Investigators say evidence found in Ozarowski's hotel room tied him to a bank robbery in St. Augustine, FL, on Feb. 8.

Ozarowski also faces charges for violating federal supervised release.  Ozarowski was released from federal prison in December 2012 after serving over thirty years in federal prison.    

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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