Geezer Bandit expands his reach to Bakersfield in 12th robbery
The robber who hit a Bank of America branch in Bakersfield is believed to be the Geezer Bandit connected to the robbery of 11 banks in San Diego and Riverside counties, law enforcement officials said.
The bandit struck Friday at the bank in Kern County. Bakersfield police released a picture Monday.
As in previous bank jobs, the robber was described as between 60 and 70 years old. He flashed a handgun and demanded money. The robber had the natty clothing style of the Geezer Bandit, who was given his nickname by the FBI.
The Geezer Bandit is suspected of robbing 10 banks in San Diego County and one in Riverside County over an 11-month period. He has not been thought to have robbed a bank since the stickup in late June of a Bank of America branch in Temecula.
--Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Robber thought to be the Geezer Bandit robbing a bank in Bakersfield. Credit: Bakersfield Police Department