- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Rochester man has pleaded guilty to robbing four Buffalo-area banks last year after handing tellers notes that said he had explosives.

WHEC-TV in Rochester (https://bit.ly/1IBSdwV ) reports that U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul (HOH’-kuhl) Jr. announced Monday that James Bloom pleaded guilty to bank robbery.

He says Bloom carried out robberies early in 2014 at Key Bank branches in Cheektowaga and Tonawanda, a Citizens Bank in Depew and a First Niagara Bank in Orchard Park.

During each robbery, Bloom handed the teller a note referencing explosives. One of the notes read: “I’m wired and ready to blow.”

Bloom faces up to maximum 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he’s sentenced July 30 in federal court in Buffalo.

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