Geezer Bandit Struck in La Jolla: FBI

The bandit allegedly robbed a bank inside a grocery store

By Michelle Wayland and Nicole Gonzales
|  Friday, Nov 11, 2011  |  Updated 7:55 AM PDT
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Physical characteristics, what he says during the robberies, how his robberies are conducted - all point to Geezer Bandit according to investigators. Nicole Gonzales reports.

Physical characteristics, what he says during the robberies, how his robberies are conducted - all point to Geezer Bandit according to investigators. Nicole Gonzales reports.

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Has the "Geezer Bandit" Struck Again?

San Diego police are reporting that an armed elderly-looking man robbed a bank inside a grocery a store in La Jolla on Friday evening.
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An armed elderly-looking man who robbed a bank inside a grocery a store in La Jolla was the so-called “Geezer Bandit,” according to the FBI.

The bandit entered a Wells Fargo Bank located inside a Vons at 7544 Girard Avenue on September 30 about 6:30 p.m., officials said.

The suspect was armed with a black revolver and wearing large glasses with a gray suit over his thin build, according to the FBI.

He was missing his signature hat, but all the mannerisms and style from this suspect matched that of the "Geezer Bandit," according to the FBI.

He operates in a similar way for each robbery: He doesn't like to draw attention to himself and makes sure there's only one person at the teller.

The “Geezer Bandit” has been on a robbing spree since 2009, hitting banks all over the state, including several in San Diego.

Witnesses from previous robberies describe the “Geezer Bandit” as 60 to 70 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, about 200 pounds, with average build and carrying a revolver pistol.

FBI did collect evidence at the scene, but would not identify what type.

The FBI and several local banks have offered a reward of $20,000 for information leading to the bandit’s arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information concerning the Geezer Bandit is asked to call the FBI at (858) 565-1255 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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