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Geezer Bandit may, or may not, have struck La Jolla bank

September 30, 2011 | 11:45 pm

A bank robber with several similarities -- but one glaring difference -- from the notorious Geezer Bandit struck a La Jolla bank on Friday.

The robber appeared to be between 60 and 70 years old, was narrow shouldered, stood about 5-foot-10 inches and was wearing glasses.

All are characteristics of the bandit dubbed by the FBI as the Geezer Bandit, who is suspected of robbing 14 banks in Southern California since August 2009.

The timing (late afternoon on a Friday) and the location (a bank inside a grocery store) also jibe with some of the Geezer Bandit robberies. Two of the robberies attributed to the Geezer Bandit were in La Jolla.

But surveillance cameras appeared to show the robber as bald. The Geezer Bandit has always worn a hat.

Pending further investigation, the FBI is declining to classify the robbery as the work of the Geezer Bandit.


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Photo: The bank robber can be seen on surveillance footage Friday at the Wells Fargo branch in La Jolla. Credit: FBI