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FBI Suspects “Geezer Bandit” Ain’t Such a Geezer: Looking for Customers Who Bought Elderly Mask

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Dumfounded by the success of the “Geezer Bandit” — a prolific bank robber who appears to be in his 70s — the FBI in Southern California  is now aggressively pursuing the theory that he is actually a younger man who has donned a mask while sticking up 16 banks in the San Diego area since August 2009.

The LA Times reports that investigators in the case have served a search warrant at a costume store in the San Luis Obispo area. The warrant asks for a list of customers who bought a mask known as “The Elder.”

After the last robbery on Dec. 2 in San Luis Obispo, Calif., the FBI issued a statement, according to the paper, stating:

“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.”

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Is the Calif. “Geezer Bandit” Really Much Younger? The FBI Says That’s a Possibility

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s not the first time this theory has emerged. But it seems to be gaining some traction.

CBS in Los Angeles is reporting that the FBI again is saying that the elderly looking bank robber dubbed the “Geezer Bandit” — he’s robbed 15 banks in the San Diego area — may actually be a younger person wearing an elaborate latex mask from a special effects company.

CBS reports that a bank teller who saw the bandit up close agrees that it may be a mask.

“Something didn’t look normal, it wasn’t a normal face,” said the witness, according to CBS. “He came in, requested money and passed a note and said ‘If you don’t, I will murder you and everyone else in the bank.'”

The man appears to be in at least in his 70s, according to FBI photos.

 

FBI Still Scratching Head; Trying to Figure Out if the Geezer Bandit Struck Again

Geezer Bandit usually wears a cap. This time he did not/abc10 photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and police in the San Diego area are trying to figure out if the “Geezer Bandit” — an elderly man or someone disguised as elderly — robbed another bank on Friday — this time in La Jolla, Calif.

Authorities say the bandit has robbed 14 banks since 2009. But 15?

Station ABC10 reports that authorities aren’t sure yet if this is the Geezer Bandit, but they see similarities.

One thing that seems to be throwing authorities off is that the Geezer Bandit usually wears a baseball cap. This time he did not.

FBI Special Agent Darryl Foxworth told 10News; “There’s not enough information from Friday to make that call. It’s too early. We’re conducting other interviews and looking at surveillance video to get a better picture.”

 

California “Geezer Bandit” Strikes Again; Has Thousands of Fans Cheering Him On

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

On one Facebook fan page, where the California “Geezer Bandit” has 6,798 people who “like this”, fan Carl Randall wrote on Saturday: “So THIS is what happens when the government freezes Social Security COLA raises!! LOL! YOU GO GEEZER BANDIT!!”

Fan Ronnie Israel wrote: “Geezer has the FBI going around in circles, Geezers a pimp!”

The comments came after the elder looking bandit, who appears to be around 70,  hit his 14th bank in the San Diego area on Friday in San Luis Obispo County. The bandit has continued to  dumbfound agents who have been on the hunt since August of 2009.

The bandit, with revolver in tow,  stuck up  the 14th bank — the Heritage Oaks Bank branch in Morro Bay, the FBI said, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Times reported he may have fled in a light-colored, two-door car.

The Geezer Bandit is suspected of robbing 10 banks in San Diego County and one each in Temecula, Bakersfield, Goleta and Morro Bay, the Times reported.

Previously, authorities had said they had not ruled out the possibility that the Geezer Bandit might be a young person wearing a mask to look like a senior citizen.

This would be his 14th robbery since August 2009.

“The agents and detectives who have been working this case since the beginning, strongly believe that this was the work of the Geezer Bandit,” Special Agent Darrell Foxworth of the San Diego FBI office told Fox 5 San Diego.

“Geezer Bandit” Continues to Frustrate FBI and Locals in Calif.

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

He’s back.

As serial bank robbers have done over the the many decades, the man dubbed the “Geezer Bandit” continues to frustrate the FBI and local authorities.

On Friday, the “Geezer Bandit” held up his 13th bank in southern California, this time on Friday at a Bank of America branch in the town of Goleta in Santa Barbara County, the La Times reported.

The bandit got his name because he appears to be about 70 or so. He started holding up banks in August of 2009. Most of the robberies have been in San Diego County, but he’s also done stick ups in Kern County and Riverside County.

Recently, authorities have raised the possibility that the man has been using a Hollywood-quality mask to appear older than he actually is.

FBI Stats Show Banks Robbers Prefer Fridays

bank-robberyBy Matt Castello
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Most Americans look forward to Friday, the gateway to the weekend. Bank robbers, it appears, are no different.

The FBI’s bank crime statistics released Wednesday for the first quarter of 2010 — January through March — shows 241 bank crimes occurred on Friday, more than any other day of the week. Bank crimes occurred most frequently, irrespective of the day, between 9 and 11 a.m, according to the FBI statistics.

There were 1,183 bank crimes reported to the FBI during 2010’s first quarter, a drop of slightly more than 22 percent during the same period in 2009. A bank crime includes a bank robbery, burglary, or larceny, but the lion’s share of crimes reported by the FBI involved bank robberies.

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America’s Love Affair With Some Serial Bank Robbers

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi photo

"Geezer Bandit"/fbi photo

By Matt Castello
ticklethewire.com

On the ever-popular Facebook, words of support, encouragement and disbelief plaster a wall with 2,700-plus followers dedicated to the elderly, ever-elusive San Diego bank robber dubbed the “Geezer Bandit”.

“This is the first time I’ve heard of this guy,” wrote one Facebook fan. “And he just became my personal hero.”

“Financial crisis in the US,” another admirer commented. “The old guy rips off banks. I would say totally understandable.”

Similarly, more than 93,000 Facebook users have joined one of the many pages dedicated to the nefarious activities of Colton Harris-Moore, aka the “Barefoot Bandit”, who was recently apprehended in the Bahamas.

The Geezer Bandit and the Barefoot Bandit are among the latest arrivals in a decades long phenomena — America’s selective love affair with serial bank robbers — an infatuation that took hold in the 1930s with such legends as Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger. Books have been written. Movies have been made.

“Fascination and hero-worship for undeserving criminals is a pathetic piece of our popular culture,” James Alan Fox, Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy at Northeastern recently wrote in a blog entry on boston.com. “All sorts of offenders, no matter how despicable their crimes, have been revered by a sizable minority of Americans.”

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“Grandad Bandit” Outpacing “Geezer Bandit” With Possibly 21 Bank Heists

"Grandad Bandit"/fbi photo

"Grandad Bandit"/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

“Geezer Bandit” of California, move over. You’ve got some serious competition from the “Grandad Bandit” when it comes to aging stickup men.

The FBI said today the “Grandad Bandit,” a bald man in his 50s or 60s who has a little paunch, could be responsible for at least 21 bank robberies in at least 11 states since last year. One FBI press release described him as being 6 feet tall and 210 to 230 pounds; another pegged him at about 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet 2 inches and about 230 pounds.

The FBI, for some reason, is spelling “granddad” with only two Ds instead of three.

Regardless of how his moniker is spelled, his number of bank heists far surpasses the Geezer Bandit, who is suspected of pulling off nine robberies in the San Diego area since Aug. 28, 2009. The Geezer Bandit is described as being 60 to 70, though he appears in FBI photos to be at least in his 70s.

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