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FBI increases reward for information about 'Geezer Bandit'

September 7, 2010 |  9:40 am

Geezer Absence has not made the FBI's heart grow fonder toward the "Geezer Bandit." But it has increased the agency's desire to arrest the bank robber accused of 11 holdups in San Diego and Riverside counties.

The Geezer Bandit has not hit a bank since June 24 -- the longest hiatus since he began his spree a year ago.

In response, the FBI has increased the reward for information to $20,000, up from $16,000.

His nickname comes from his appearance: Tellers judged him to be between 60 and 70 years old. In some cases he's had a small oxygen tank over his shoulder, attached to a plastic nose-inhaler.

Advanced age notwithstanding, the FBI advises civilians to consider him armed and dangerous and to not attempt a citizen's arrest.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: The bank robber authorities are calling the "Geezer Bandit." Credit: FBI