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Geezer Bandit Strikes Again



    Geezer Bandit Strikes Again
    This shot and the two that follow were snapped on April 20 at the California Bank and Trust in Vista.

    He may be old, yet, so far, he has been unstoppable.

    A geriatric gunman gave a clerk a demand note at the California Bank and Trust in the 140 block of Escondido Avenue in Vista on Tuesday and told her he was armed. Then, to make sure she was convinced, he opened a day planner and brandished a short-barreled black revolver. 
    The Geezer Bandit, as they're calling him, has now knocked over seven banks around San Diego County. The feds say he's between 60-70 years old, about 6 feet tall and weigh about 190 pounds. In the past, he has been very sharply dressed, but during Tuesday's robbery, he was spotted wearing a blue baseball cap with a script-style "P" on the front -- it looks like a Padres cap --  a blue jacket, a light blue button down collared shirt and prescription eyeglasses.

    In the latest robbery, a teller noticed something strange about the suspects hands, leading F.B.I. agents to believe that the Geezer may not be as old as he appears to be.

    "He could possibly be wearing gloves like human hands to then carry out the disguise that he is actually older than he really is,"said F.B.I spokesperson April Langwell.  "A 30 year old's hands don't look like a 70 year old's hands, of course."

    Other witnesses in past robberies have also questioned whether the suspect may actually be wearing a high quality latex mask, similar to the ones used in Hollywood movies.

    "We're not ruling anything out,"Langwell said. 

    The FBI is asking for the public's help identifying the bank robber. Rewards totaling $16,000 have been offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction.