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Deputies arrest alleged 'cigarette bandit' Keith Williams

Keith Williams (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Keith Williams (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Authorities said a man known as the "cigarette bandit," who is believed responsible for about a dozen robberies and thefts at convenience stores across Baton Rouge, is now behind bars.

According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, Keith Williams, 44, was booked on multiple charges early Monday morning.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Williams after he was spotted in the Glen Oaks area Sunday night.

The Baton Rouge Police Department released information earlier Sunday that Williams was believed to have recently shaved his head in order to alter his appearance and conceal his identity. Investigators said a few of the burglaries involving Williams resulted in violence. 

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In one robbery, Williams allegedly pepper-sprayed the clerk. In another robbery, it is believed he struck the clerk in the head with a hammer. Neither clerk sustained life-threatening injuries. 

Investigators believe Williams wore wigs and ladies clothing in between robbery attempts in order to disguise himself. 

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Williams was booked on the several counts including armed robbery, flight from an officer, resisting an officer, simple burglary, theft, simple robbery, and simple battery. 

His bond has been set at $151,500.

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