75-Year-Old Suspect in Bank Robberies Surrenders: SDPD

Albert Wallake once thought to be "Geezer Bandit" after alleged U.S. Bank robbery

By Joseph M.D. Young
|  Saturday, Dec 10, 2011  |  Updated 4:01 PM PDT
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Geezer Bandit Has a Pattern: FBI

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Bank surveillance photographs reportedly shows Albert Wallake in the US Bank at 5407 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, California, on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.

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A 75-year-old man wanted for two bank robberies turned himself in at the scene of his alleged crimes in Clairemont Mesa on Saturday morning.

According to police, Albert Wallake walked into the U.S. Bank at 5407 Balboa Ave at about 10:25 a.m. and told a manager that he was turning himself in. After he did this the bank manager called police.

Once officers arrived, Wallake went into custody without incident, said San Diego police Officer Frank Cali.

Police suspect Wallake is behind two robberies at the bank branch.

The first robbery began shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 15 when a gray-haired man who appeared to be about 60 confronted a teller at the bank and pulled up his shirt to reveal a pistol tucked in his waistband and demanded cash, according to officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The second robbery occurred earlier this month, at about 5:25 p.m., when a suspect described as a 6-foot tall white man between 50 and 60 entered the bank armed with a handgun and used a note to demand cash then fled with an undisclosed amount, police said.

Initially, the suspect in the Nov.15 robbery was thought to be the now infamous "Geezer Bandit" due to his age, though the FBI later said he wasn't.

The Robbery Unit and FBI are investigating both robberies.

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