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'Geezer Bandit' robs Temecula Bank of America

June 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A serial bank robber, dubbed by law enforcement as the "Geezer Bandit," has struck again. His latest target was a Bank of America branch in the city of Temecula. He doesn't look like your average bank robber. With gray hair and wrinkles, he's possibly 70 years old, maybe even older.

Now called the "Geezer Bandit," his latest hit was Thursday when he robbed a Bank of America branch on Temecula Parkway in Temecula.

"It's very odd that a 70-year-old man would come and rob the Bank of America," said one bank customer. "I guess some legacy he has to leave behind, right? Just giving up or just wanting to do something exciting. I think it's funny."

Police aren't laughing, because the so-called Geezer Bandit has now struck 11 times in the past year. Most of the bank robberies were in San Diego County.

Thursday's armed robbery in Temecula happened just after 1 p.m. The suspect walked up to a bank teller, pulled out a gun, and handed over a note demanding money.

"She complied with his demand to give him money, he took the money from the bank and he fled the area," said Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Melissa Nieburger.

But what if this old geezer isn't really old at all? There is some thought that the suspect is someone much younger in disguise.

"It has been noted that he does appear to have some type of skin condition," said Nieburger. "We're not sure if this is an actual skin condition, or perhaps could be part of his disguise or some elaborate disguise."

The Geezer Bandit is still on the loose. You're asked to call (951) 696-3000 if you have any information on who he might be.

So far no one's been hurt, but who knows what might happen if there's a next time. Because even though this bank robber may look a little long in the tooth, he doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.


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