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FBI hopes dye pack leads to Geezer Bandit arrest

December 6, 2011 | 11:36 am

Investigators hope a bank robbery in San Luis Obispo on Friday will lead to the arrest of the Geezer Bandit, responsible for 16 heists, most in San Diego County.

For the first time in the nearly 2 1/2-year string of Geezer Bandit robberies, a dye pack stuffed next to the money exploded soon after the robber made his escape from a Bank of America branch in San Luis Obispo.

Such explosions leave the money soaked in red dye and can also burn the hands or face of the robber or leave dye marks that are difficult to wash off.

The suspect in the San Luis Obispo robbery fits the description of the gun-waving man who appears to be in his 60s or 70s and is known as the Geezer Bandit.

If the robber is actually a younger man wearing a theatrical mask, the mask could also have burn marks or dye coloring, said officials, who hope the red-colored money or burn marks lead to a tip about the robber's identity and whereabouts.

A $20,000 reward is offered for information leading to a Geezer Bandit arrest. The string began with a robbery in the San Diego suburb of Santee in August 2009.


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Photo: A surveillance camera catches the Geezer Bandit at a bank robbery. Credit: FBI