FBI confirms Morro Bay bank robber was 'Geezer Bandit'

Associated PressMay 29, 2011 

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say the "Geezer Bandit" has robbed California bank number 14 — his first in San Luis Obispo County.

The FBI said in a news release Saturday that a man believed to be the elderly bank robber struck a bank in Morro Bay after 11 robberies in the San Diego area starting in 2009. He's also suspected in a robbery in Bakersfield and one in Santa Barbara.

Authorities say the man believed to be in his 70s pointed a revolver at two tellers at a Heritage Oaks Bank branch Friday, threatened them and demanded money. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount.

A $20,000 reward is offered for information leading to his capture and conviction.

The FBI has considered that the man's elderly features could be a disguise, after some witness reports that he was wearing a mask.

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