Feds: Man charged with robbing Buffalo bank in April; suspected in multiple similar heists

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BUFFALO, New York — A 37-year-old man has been charged in what federal authorities say was the first of more than a dozen connected bank robberies in western New York.

Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that Casey Swain of Buffalo made his initial court appearance to face a bank robbery charge stemming from the robbing of the First Niagara Bank branch on Clinton Street in Buffalo in April.

Officials say 12 similar bank robberies followed the first one. Prosecutors say the robberies involved the robber passing similar notes which demanded that the money provided contain no bank security devices and instructed the victims not to make any eye contact or sudden movement.

Prosecutors say Swain became a suspect relatively early on in the investigation.

It couldn't be determined if Swain has a lawyer.

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