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article imageFBI desperate for information on the Geezer Bandit after robbery

By Stephanie Dearing     Apr 24, 2010 in Crime
Vista - They call him the Geezer Bandit, because this senior looks like a grandfather. Like most successful armed robbers, he has a 'price on his head.' There is a total of $16,000 in rewards offered for information on the brazen bank robber.
The Geezer Bandit just robbed his seventh bank on Tuesday, the California Bank and Trust.
The robber, who appears to be a senior, has been in the news since August 2009, when he robbed his first bank. He is thought to be anywhere from 60 to 70 years of age, hence his nickname. The man succeeds in robbing banks because he waits in line like any other customer, carries money and a day timer. He presents a note, discretely shows his gun, then walks out of the bank in a measured pace.
No one has said how much money the audacious robber got away with on Tuesday, or how much he has made off with over his short career.
The FBI explained the man's success saying the man doesn't draw any attention to himself.
The man is a mystery, and even though there are photographs of him, there has been no luck tracking down the senior. He operates strictly in San Diego County, California. The FBI is appealing to the public for help identifying the old man. Sometimes the man has taken an oxygen tank with him on his heists.
What has everyone puzzled is how the apparently senior man has eluded the police and FBI for the past eight months. Especially when it appears the old man makes his getaway on foot. The unknown robber is beginning to achieve folk hero status as news agencies quip about how a California grandfather might be sending stolen money to his unsuspecting grandchild.
Anyone with information concerning the Geezer Bandit is asked to contact the FBI at telephone number (858) 565-1255 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
The Geezer Bandit isn't the only older adult robbing banks in the United States. The Grandad Bandit, active in Alabama, has knocked off nine banks thus far. The Grandad Bandit last robbed a bank in February 2010. The FBI are offering $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the man, who is considered to be armed and dangerous.
A common theme cited for bank robberies has been the need to pay the mortgage. Last fall saw the arrest of an elderly bank robber was caught by police last fall in San Diego, California. He said he needed the money to pay down his mortgage. A Florida senior who also robbed banks to pay down his mortgage, was released from jail last month.
Three men, dubbed the "Geritol Crew," were arrested in Chicago this month after an investigation. The men were active mobsters who refused to retire.
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