The FBI has confirmed that the person who robbed a Morro Bay bank Friday is the so-called “geezer bandit,” and offered a $20,000 reward leading to his arrest.
Authorities say that the same robber, described as an elderly man, has struck 14 California banks. Friday’s robbery was the first tied to him 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. He left with an undisclosed amount.
The FBI has considered that the man’s elderly features could be a disguise, after some witness reports that he was wearing a mask.
According to the Morro Bay Police Department, the local robber may have left the area in a small cream-colored two-door coupe.
— Tribune staff report
A Pismo Beach man suffered life-threatening injuries Saturday in a crash on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara, according to the CHP.
About 10 a.m., a loose dog was reported on northbound Highway 101 near Bath Street, according to a news release from the CHP.
Before officers arrived, several vehicles were slowing and swerving to avoid the animal.
However, Mark Lee Richards, 60, of Pismo Beach was unable to slow his 2007 Suzuki motorcycle before rear-ending a 2000 Lexus sedan driven by a Glendale resident.
After hitting the Lexus, the motorcycle was rear-ended by a 1995 Hyundai Elantra driven by a Salinas man, according to the CHP. That crash caused Richards to fall off his motorcycle.
Richards was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, according to the CHP. The Hyundai driver was treated for head and neck pain. The Lexus driver was not injured.
The dog ran off the freeway and was not found.
— Larissa Doust