Federal officials say a 37-year-old man is accused of being behind a slew of bank robberies in western New York



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BUFFALO, New York — Federal officials say a 37-year-old man is accused of being behind a string of bank robberies in western New York.

A federal grand jury returned a 12-count indictment against Casey Swain on Monday. The Buffalo man is charged with committing bank robberies, entering banks with intent to commit larceny, and bank larcenies.

Prosecutors say Swain robbed First Niagara Bank branches in Buffalo, Lackawanna, Niagara Falls and Kenmore starting last April.

Each of the four robberies involved him allegedly passing notes that demanded money that didn't have bank security devices. Prosecutors say he also threatened the victims if they made eye contact or sudden movements.

Swain is being held.

He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. It wasn't immediately clear if Swain has an attorney.

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