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'Geezer Bandit' may be younger man dressed as oldster, FBI says

December 21, 2011 |  5:37 pm

The bank robber in the so-called Geezer Bandit series of 16 Southern California robberies may not be a geezer at all, the FBI said Wednesday.

An investigation of surveillance video from the latest Geezer Bandit heist, along with interviews with tellers and other witnesses, suggest that the bandit may be a younger man wearing a mask and gloves, the FBI said.

"The robber was described as someone who appeared to be an elderly white male but may have been wearing a synthetic-like mask and gloves to conceal his true physical characteristics," the FBI said.

Also, when a dye pack exploded in a plastic bag with the money from a Dec. 2 robbery in San Luis Obispo, the robber "sprinted away across the bank parking lot" -- not the gait of an elderly man.

The Geezer Bandit series began in August 2009. Of the 16 robberies, 11 occurred in San Diego County.

A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

The robber may have escaped in a white BMW, the FBI said. He also dropped a day planner, now being reviewed at the FBI crime lab in Quantico, Va.

During the 16 robberies, the bandit has been described as 60 to 70 years old, hence the name given to him by the FBI. He demands money and threatens the teller with a gun.


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Photo: A surveillance photo of the so-called Geezer Bandit during a Dec. 2 robbery at the Bank of America in San Luis Obispo.

Credit: FBI