'Geezer Bandit' Linked To Sept. Bank Heist In La Jolla

Authorities Say 'Geezer Bandit' Robbed Wells Fargo Inside Vons Store On Sept. 30

The September robbery of a bank in La Jolla has been linked to the so-called "Geezer Bandit," according to the FBI and local law enforcement officials.

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Authorities said the Geezer Bandit is believed to be responsible for 15 bank robberies dating back to August 28, 2009. The first robbery in this series was in Santee, California, and the latest was on September 30, 2011, in La Jolla.

In the September robbery, authorities said the Geezer Bandit entered a Vons grocery store on 7544 Girard Avenue and approached a teller at the Wells Fargo Bank branch inside. Authorities said the bandit made demanded money and pointed a firearm at the teller.

The teller complied and provided the bandit with a sum of money. Once he had the money, the suspected robber walked out of the store.

After an extensive investigation, authorities said there is "a reasonable belief that the Geezer Bandit is responsible for this robbery."

What the Geezer Bandit was not wearing during the robbery initially stumped agents.

"He wasn't wearing any type of head covering," said FBI special agent Darrell Foxworth. "Normally in his other robberies he's wearing some kind of baseball cap or other type of head covering."

Witnesses from previous robberies have described the Geezer Bandit as a white male between 60 to 70 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing 190 to 200 pounds.

He has been seen wearing a navy-colored blazer, navy or black-colored baseball cap, dark-colored pants and possibly wearing a mask and rubber gloves. Authorities said the man has brandished a revolver in his left hand during some of the robberies.

Foxworth believes he may be casing banks before he robs them and is able to get away because of how he calmly conducts the robberies.

"His robberies are one-on-one... low key," said Foxworth. "When you conduct that type of one-on-one bank robbery it lends to him being able to get in and out without being noticed."

An employee at the Wells Fargo in La Jolla told 10News, "I was working right next to the teller who got held up. The robber was so quiet… I didn't even know the bank had been robbed until my coworker told me when the robber left."

The FBI would not give an exact dollar figure but did say the Geezer Bandit has walked away with tens of thousands of dollars since the first of his 15 bank heists in 2009.

Anyone with information regarding the Geezer Bandit robbery series is urged to contact the FBI at (858) 565-1255 or local law enforcement.

Authorities consider the Geezer Bandit armed and dangerous.

A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Geezer Bandit.

The Geezer Bandit is linked to the following bank robberies:

Date/Time Bank Name Location
August 28, 2009 11:47 a.m.US Bank9643 Mission Gorge Road, Santee
September 12, 2009 10:10 a.m.San Diego National Bank7877 Ivanhoe, La Jolla
October 9, 2009 2:07 p.m.US Bank4627 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego
October 26, 2009 10:04 a.m.Bank of America17008 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe
November 16, 2009 5:54 p.m.Bank of America7680 Girard Avenue, La Jolla
January 27, 2010 5:50 p.m.San Diego National Bank1075 Rosecrans, San Diego
April 20, 2010 9:10 a.m.California Bank and Trust140 Escondido Avenue, Vista
April 30, 2010 2:14 p.m.US Bank1301 East Vista Way, Vista
May 11, 2010 9:45 a.m.Bank of America9711 Mission Gorge Road, Santee
June 7, 2010 2:55 p.m.US Bank14837 Pomerado Road, Poway
June 24, 2010 1:15 p.m.Bank of America31934 Highway 79 South, Temecula
November 12, 2010 6:00 p.m.Bank of America4480 Coffee Road, Bakersfield
January 28, 2011 5:55 p.m.Bank of America5892 Calle Real, Goleta
May 27, 2011 2:17 p.m.Heritage Oaks Bank310 Morro Bay Boulevard, Morro Bay
September 30, 2011 6:34 p.m.Wells Fargo Bank7544 Girard Avenue, La Jolla
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