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FBI Arrest Bank Robberies Suspect

October 24, 2002

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ The FBI has arrested a postal worker believed to be the ``Puffy Cheek Bandit″ responsible for 27 bank robberies in five states since 1998.

Cazzie Williams, 30, was taken into custody Wednesday at a restaurant near his home in East Orange. He awaited a court appearance Thursday.

The Puffy Cheek Bandit would typically pass tellers a note threatening to shoot people, but he did not show a weapon, FBI agent Steve Kodak said.

``It looks like he’s got swollen cheeks. I don’t know if he put something in his mouth or that’s the way he was,″ Kodak said.

Each holdup usually netted $3,000 to $5,000.

Eighteen of the 27 robberies were in New Jersey. The others were in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.