Suspect Sought in Bank Robbery

The bank robbery suspect's description was similar to that of the Geezer Bandit

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011  |  Updated 2:23 PM PDT
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When the U.S. Bank on Balboa Avenue was robbed Tuesday morning, an alert went out describing the suspect as a man in his 60's.

The bank, located at 5407 Balboa Avenue, was robbed around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday according to San Diego police. The suspect showed a handgun and demanded cash police said.

Witnesses told police the suspect, last seen leaving on foot in an unknown direction, was between 60 to 70 years old - a similar description to the so-called Geezer Bandit.

Police updated the description of the U.S. Bank robbery suspect saying he has a medium build, grey curly hair, appeared to be 55 to 60 years old, 5'10", unshaven and wearing a dark blue long sleeve shirt without a collar, light blue jeans, a two-tone baseball hat police said. On the hat was a St. Louis Rams logo.

As of 11:30 a.m., investigators say they don't believe this suspect is the Geezer Bandit, wanted for more than a dozen robberies in California.

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.

No word on the amount of money taken in Tuesday's robbery. No one was injured.

Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego police robbery detectives at (619) 531-2299.

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