Video: Dye Pack Blasts Geezer Bandit

The "Geezer Bandit" left behind an important clue

By Tony Shin and Michelle Wayland
|  Thursday, Dec 22, 2011  |  Updated 7:05 AM PDT
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The FBI has released new video.

The FBI has released new video.

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Raw Video: Geezer Bandit Strikes, Sprayed

Video shows the infamous bank robber at the scene of his latest heist in San Luis Obispo, California. In this crime, the Geezer was sprayed by a dye pack and left a planner that might help in his capture.
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The FBI has released new video that allegedly shows the Geezer bandit getting blasted by a dye pack explosion.

The video shows a man walking next to a truck after allegedly robbing a Bank of America in San Luis Obisbo and becoming surrounded with what looks like red smoke.

The smoke is actually red dye that came from a dye pack, which is a security device that’s implanted in a stack of money to help authorities catch bank robbers by staining them and stunning them.

"You see him drop to the ground, trying to gather some of his belongings and also the money that he stole," said Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.

Foxworth says what happened next may be further proof that the Geezer bandit is much younger than he appears. In the video, you can see the man sprinting across the parking lot.

"When you look at that, it would lead you to believe that he doesn't appear to be someone in his 60's or 70's running at that fast of a pace," said Foxworth.

Foxworth says for the past two years since the Geezer robberies began, the FBI has been in contact with companies that make life-like elderly masks, hoping a sales receipt could lead to the Geezer Bandit.

The FBI says the mask may have been damaged by the dye pack explosion.

"If it's not made of the right material then it could permanently stain it, in such a way that it's very noticeable," said Foxworth.

In images taken from inside the bank, the Geezer Bandit is seen carrying his signature day planner against his body, where he hides his gun.

According to the FBI, the Geezer left behind the day planner after the dye pack explosion. The day planner is now undergoing a forensic examination.

The Geezer Bandit has robbed 16 banks, including 11 in San Diego County. There is a $20,000 reward leading to his capture and conviction.

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