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article imageGeezer Bandit holds up his 9th San Diego bank -- FBI puzzled

By Stephanie Dearing     May 14, 2010 in Crime
San Diego - The question is, how does he do it? This bank robber is estimated to be around 70 years old, appears to travel on foot, and yet he has successfully robbed 9 banks in San Diego.
And not only that, this apparently elderly man has managed to elude police and the FBI for nearly a year. The theory that the baffled FBI is now holding out is that the Geezer isn't really a senior citizen, but likely is somebody much younger, disguised as a grandpa. The FBI told Sign On San Diego News that they had a number of leads they were following in the attempt to capture the elusive geriatric bank robber, who knocked off his ninth bank when he robbed the Bank of America on May 11th.
The Geezer's activity has picked up -- the last job was on April 30th, leading the FBI to ask for the public's help in nabbing the old man robber. Three separate awards are being offered for information that leads to the Geezer's arrest. The total amount offered is $16,000 (US).
Strangely enough, the Geezer Bandit now has a fan club on Facebook, consisting of 616 people. Comments range from this one, "Vista robbed me off $1000 on Tuesday....banks rob good, hard working people everyday.....I would've much rather given that $1000 to a senior citizen in poor health who is in true need of the money rather than a fat bank manager who's vacationing on my bailout money............" to "Inspirational to all the old folks I'm sure! Go Geezer! Go!" Many of the fans took exception to the idea that the Geezer might not really be a senior citizen. MSNBC said the FBI was investigating the Facebook fan page in the hopes that the Geezer might have launched the fan pages.
Sometimes the Geezer carries an oxygen tank, and he is said to have tubes in his nose. At other times, the Geezer uses a cane. In his last robbery, on May 11th, he wore oxygen tubes and appeared to be carrying an oxygen tank.
Anyone with information on the Geezer Bandit is asked to call (858) 565-1255. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or sdcrimestoppers.com.
The FBI has not revealed how much money the Geezer Bandit has made off with since he started his bank-robbing career in 2009.
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