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Poker player, 75, admits to two bank robberies in San Diego

December 10, 2011 |  2:31 pm

A 75-year-old San Diego man walked into a bank Saturday and admitted to having robbed the bank twice in the last month, authorities said.

Within minutes, Albert Wallake was arrested on suspicion of robbing the U.S. Bank  branch Nov. 15 and Dec. 2.

He is not considered a suspect in the so-called Geezer Bandit string of bank heists, in which a man of similar age -- but different physique and appearance -- is suspected in 16 robberies dating to August 2009.

In one of the robberies to which Wallake confessed, the robber wore a St. Louis Rams football hat.

Wallake is listed on the Internet as a poker player, his last winnings being a 13th-place finish at a No-Limit-Hold-'Em tournament in 2006.


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Photo: A robber is seen in surveillance footage Nov. 15 at a U.S. Bank branch in San Diego.

Credit: FBI