May 3rd, 2010
11:09 AM ET

Geezer Bandit Strikes for 8th Time






Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

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The bank robber dubbed the “geezer bandit” has struck again. The elderly suspect held up a San Diego bank on April 30 bringing the total number of heists he’s accused of committing in the area to 8.

A $16,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

While the moniker may be amusing, authorities told CNN the “geezer bandit” has carried a weapon in at least one robbery and should be considered dangerous.

“In these types of crimes the potential for violence is significant,” said April Langwell, spokeswoman for the San Diego office of the FBI. “The last thing we want to happen is an employee of the bank or a customer to be injured as a result of one man's greed.”

One of his most recent heists occurred on April 20, the FBI said. On 9:10 that morning, the “geezer bandit” entered a branch of the California Bank and Trust in Vista, California and handed a demand note to the teller, authorities said.

According to an FBI release, the note “stated it was a robbery and threatened having a weapon.” The suspect then “opened a black day planner to show the teller that he had a black short barreled revolver pointed at her. After the teller produced the money he put the cash into his day planner and walked out of the bank and out of sight,” the release said.

The suspect has been described as between 60-70 years old. But there has been some suggestion that he may be wearing a mask to conceal his real age and make him appear much older than what he actually is, Langwell told CNN.]

He is approximately 6’0”, 190 pounds, of average build and has been known to wear prescription eyeglasses and a blue baseball cap with a script style “P” on the front.

Anyone with information on the “geezer bandit” should contact the FBI at (858) 565-1255

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  1. christian zaleski

    that looks like someone wearing one of those fancy expensive silicon rubber masks. just like the jewelry robbers at the gaffs in london. he should spend some of the money he's stolen to buy better costume props.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  2. JaySonFlows

    Such pathetic police work. How they cannot arrest an old geezer who can barely move when he has robbed 8 banks is just amazing. Goes to show how many criminals are actually out there running free with these idiots policing, if this guy can remain free.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm |