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Geezer Bandit Strikes Again in Calif.

Adam Gault/Thinkstock(SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.) -- Police said they have two big breaks in the case of the Geezer Bandit, the robber who has held up 16 Southern California banks since 2009.

On Friday, the Geezer Bandit hit a Bank of America in San Luis Obispo, Calif., when it was just about to close.

In one hand, he held a note demanding cash and in the other, a gun.

The teller gave him the money, along with a hidden dye pack that exploded as he left, staining the money red.

“There’s quite a bit of money in the parking lot and it’s spread out across several different parking stalls, so we’re not sure if he got away with any money or not,” said Lieutenant Bill Proll of the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

He also dropped what appears to be a small address book, which could be a huge clue for police.

“They might get lucky and get fingerprints off what he dropped,” said Brad Garrett, a former FBI agent and ABC News contributor. “Each time you have a robbery, you sometimes get one more nugget or piece of information that will take you closer to the bad guy.”

And for now, these clues may be crucial.

Police wonder whether the Geezer Bandit could really be a younger man or woman in an elaborate disguise.

“There was just something really chalky looking about it that didn’t look right. The skin tone looked a little odd as well,” said Doris Lew-Jensen, a Hollywood make-up artist who works with special effects.

Witnesses who have seen the Geezer Bandit in person have said there is something off about his “plastic” face and wrinkle-free hands.

And this bandit’s getaway was hardly “geezerly.”

He sped away in a white BMW, and police are still trying to catch up.

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Arrests After Occupy San Francisco Invades, Vandalizes Bank of America Branch

Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- About 100 Occupy San Francisco protesters were arrested Wednesday when they refused to leave a Bank of America branch that they took over for four hours, much to the chagrin of bank employees, customers, and cops.

The movement, which was spawned in New York City two months ago on Thursday, has expressed their opposition to what members see as corporate greed and income disparities between the nation's wealthiest Americans and the rest of the population Occupy Wall Street has deemed the "99 percenters."

Many of those in the Occupy San Francisco movement who participated in the Bank of America occupation Wednesday were students from UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz, protesting tuition hikes and budget cuts at California schools.

While inside the bank, protesters banged drums, jumped on desks, shouted slogans and committed acts of vandalism, scrawling words like "Greed" on the walls. Bank employees and customers fled the building in the face of the occupiers' actions.

The majority of protesters also left the building, although about 100 remained.  After waiting for reinforcements, dozens of police in riot gear went inside the bank and arrested the protesters, citing them for misdemeanor trespassing and taking them to police stations for processing.

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Bank of America Cuts Off Funding to WikiLeaks

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Bank of America is no longer processing transactions that it believes are intended for the controversial website WikiLeaks.

In a statement, the company says its decision was “based upon our reasonable belief that WikiLeaks may be engaged in activities that are, among other things, inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments.”

WikiLeaks responded to Bank of America by calling on “people who love freedom” to close their accounts.

“Does your business do business with Bank of America?” the website wrote on its Twitter page. “Our advise is to place your funds somewhere safer.”

Bank of America is the latest in a group of financial institutions to cut funding to WikiLeaks. MasterCard, PayPal and Visa Europe have said they would also cut transactions to the site.

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Bank of America Hostage Crisis Over

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UPDATE: The FBI says the device was indeed composed of explosive materials.  A bomb squad was called in to defuse it, and it remains inside the bank.  No injuries were reported.

(CORAL GABLES, Fla.) -- A hostage situation at a Bank of America held under siege after an employee was reportedly kidnapped from his home and forced into the bank with explosives strapped to his body, has ended.  Local police have led away a suspect from the crime scene.  It is unclear whether the suspect was involved in the home invasion or hostage taking.  The Bank of America employee, who has not been identified, was abducted from his South Miami apartment complex, news station WFOR reported, and forced into the bank before its 9 a.m. opening with a bomb strapped to his body.  Police are still trying to determine the nature of the device.

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