FBI Analyzes "Copycat" Geezer Bandit

The suspect wore a mask similar to the "Geezer Bandit" who has hit 16 banks, 11 in San Diego County

By Tony Shin
|  Friday, Mar 23, 2012  |  Updated 8:25 AM PDT
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San Diego's FBI examined images from a recent bank robbery and compared them to the so-called Geezer Bandit. FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth spoke with NBC 7's Tony Shin.

San Diego's FBI examined images from a recent bank robbery and compared them to the so-called Geezer Bandit. FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth spoke with NBC 7's Tony Shin.

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On Thursday, a robber walked into a Citibank in the Bay Area city of Belmont wearing a mask that looked very similar to the notorious "Geezer Bandit."

The mask seemed so similar that NBCSanDiego asked Special Agent Darrell Foxworth from the San Diego FBI office to examine the surveillance pictures.

"When you look at the physical description, the mannerisms and the way the robbery was conducted, there doesn't appear to be any linkage between that robbery and the Geezer Bandit series," Foxworth said.

The robber from the Citibank heist used a demand note and a handgun to threaten a teller.

He left the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.

The Geezer Bandit has hit 16 banks, 11 of them in San Diego County. 

He last struck in December when he robbed a bank in San Luis Obispo but was nearly caught after a dye pack explosion.

Since then, he appears to have been lying low.

If anyone has any information about the Geezer Bandit that leads to a conviction, you could get a reward up to $20,000 if you call the FBI at (858) 565-1255 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.  

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