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Thursday
Dec222011

Is Notorious ‘Geezer Bandit’ Really a Geezer?

FBI(SAN DIEGO) -- The FBI calls him the “Geezer Bandit” because he looks like an old man.  For two years federal agents have been on his trail.  They thought they were trying to nab someone in his 60s or 70s, but now it appears he may actually be much younger.

During a recent heist in San Luis Obispo, Calif., the Geezer Bandit received a surprise.  A teller was able to put a dye pack in the bag of money, which exploded as he was leaving the bank.

“When you look at the video and you see him sprint away from the bank parking lot, it would appear that the person who is running was running at a pretty good pace,” says Darrell Foxworth at the FBI.

In fact the video seems to show someone who was quite fit and young.

“You see him, in the video, drop to the ground, he scrambles around appearing to try to collect his belongings, collect some money, and other documents he had there in the bank and then he sprints out,” explains Foxworth.

If it is a younger man, the disguise has worked.  He’s pulled off sixteen bank robberies in California. And he’s gained a following.  A Facebook page dedicated to the Geezer Bandit has close to 12,000 fans.  There’s even ‘Geezer’ merchandise for sale.

The FBI believes the robber bought his old man mask at SPFX, a Hollywood special effects company in Van Nuys, Calif.  SPFX made the mask Freddy Kruger wears in the Nightmare on Elm Street movies.  It wouldn’t be the first time criminals have used masks made by SPFX.

“People have used our masks for illegal purposes,” Judy Hammer at SPFX tells ABC News.

Recently a young Chinese defector used an elder mask made by the company to board a plane in Hong Kong and demand asylum in Canada.

Police served a search warrant on SPFX to get a list of who bought the old man mask in an effort to  track down the culprit.

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Sunday
Dec042011

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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Monday
Jan312011

'Geezer Bandit' Strikes Again, Robs 13th Bank

Photo Courtesy - KABC-TV Los Angeles(GOLETA, Calif.) -- The FBI is on the hunt for the "geezer bandit" after his 13th bank robbery in California since August 2009.

The bandit, who appears to be an elderly man, robbed a Bank of America, in Goleta, Calif., in Santa Barbara County, on Friday. Santa Barbara County is now the fourth county in which the "geezer bandit" has struck. The other robberies took place in the counties of Riverside, San Diego, and Kern.

FBI spokesperson, Darrell Foxworth, said the FBI is continuing to take into consideration that the robber could be wearing a mask.

The robber displayed the same characteristics as the other 12 robberies, with a baseball cap, sunglasses, and a gun. The geezer bandit also approached a teller just before the bank closed, like the other holdups.

The FBI and a number of banks are offering $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the "geezer bandit." Witnesses described the robber as white, male, apparently 60-70 years old, six-feet tall and approximately 190 pounds.

The FBI's four field offices covering Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, are working with local law enforcement officials on the investigation.

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