Another Geezer Hits Up Bank: Cops

By R. Stickney
|  Monday, Nov 29, 2010  |  Updated 4:53 PM PDT
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A man walked into a La Jolla bank Monday morning and threatened the teller with a grenade according to one published report.

The robbery happened just before 10 a.m. inside the California Bank Trust at 1127 Wall St., according to San Diego police.

The suspect, described as a white elderly man about 70 years old, approximately 6 feet tall who was wearing a floppy hat and possilby a mask, used a demand note, police said. Investigators said the man threatened to shoot the teller if the cash was not turned over, and he also told the bank staff he had a grenade.

Officers looking at surveillance photos of the bank robbery said the suspect does not appear to be the so-called Geezer Bandit, wanted for more than a dozen robberies in California.

"Clearly he is not the Geezer Bandit," said San Diego police spokeswoman Andra Brown. "His physical build and stature is quite a bit larger. This suspect is 6 feet tall, 200 pounds. As you can see from the photos he is much stalkier, heartier kind of build."

The suspect was last seen exiting the bank on foot toward Ivanhoe, according to a police news release.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the San Diego Police Department Robbery Division 619-531-2299.
 

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