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Reward of $20,000 Offered in “Geezer Bandit” Investigation
Latest Robbery in La Jolla, California, Friday, September 30, 2011

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 10, 2011
  • Darrell Foxworth (858) 320-8302

The FBI and local law enforcement are seeking the public’s assistance to identify and arrest the individual dubbed the “Geezer Bandit.” 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 on Friday, September 30, 2011, in La Jolla, California (San Diego County).

On Friday, September 30, 2011, at approximately 6:34 p.m., the Wells Fargo Bank, located inside of the Von’s grocery store, 7544 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, California, was robbed by an unknown male. The robber approached the teller counter, made a verbal demand for money and pointed a revolver pistol at the teller. The teller complied with the robber’s demand and provided him with a sum of money. After receiving a sum of money the robber walked out of the same door he entered through.

Since August 2009, the San Diego and Los Angeles FBI offices, San Diego Police Department (SDPD), San Diego Sheriff’s Department, and other California law enforcement agencies have sought the public’s help in identifying the “Geezer Bandit.”

Witnesses from previous robberies have described the “Geezer Bandit” as follows:

Sex: Male
Race: White
Age: 60-70 years old
Height: Approximately 5’10” to 6’0” tall
Weight: Approximately 190 to 200 lbs.
Build: Average
Clothing: Navy-colored blazer, navy or black-colored baseball cap, dark-colored pants, and possibly wearing a mask and rubber gloves
Weapon: Revolver pistol that he carries in his left hand

The Geezer Bandit is believed to be responsible for robbing the following banks:

August 28, 2009, Friday, 11:47 a.m.

US Bank

9643 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, CA

September 12, 2009, Saturday, 10:10 a.m.

San Diego National Bank

7877 Ivanhoe, La Jolla, CA

October 9, 2009, Friday, 2:07 p.m.

US Bank

4627 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, CA

October 26, 2009, Monday, 10:04 a.m.

Bank of America

17008 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

November 16, 2009, Monday, 5:54 p.m.

Bank of America

7680 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA

January 27, 2010, Wednesday, 5:50 p.m.

San Diego National Bank

1075 Rosecrans, San Diego, CA

April 20, 2010, Tuesday, 9:10 a.m.

California Bank and Trust

140 Escondido Avenue, Vista, CA

April 30, 2010, Friday, 2:14  p.m.

US Bank

1301 East Vista Way, Vista, CA

May 11, 2010, Tuesday, 9:45 a.m.

Bank of America

9711 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, CA

June 7, 2010, Monday, 2:55 p.m.

US Bank

14837 Pomerado Road, Poway, CA

June 24, 2010, Thursday, 1:15 p.m.

Bank of America

31934 Highway 79 South, Temecula, CA

November 12, 2010, Friday,  6:00 p.m.

Bank of America

4480 Coffee Road, Bakersfield, CA

January 28, 2011, Friday, 5:55 p.m.

Bank of America

5892 Calle Real, Goleta, CA

May 27, 2011, Friday, 2:17 p.m.

Heritage Oaks Bank

310 Morro Bay Boulevard, Morro Bay, CA

September 30, 2011, Friday, 6:34 p.m.

Wells Fargo Bank

7544 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA

Bank surveillance photographs from Wells Fargo Bank , 7544 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, California, on Friday, September 30, 2011.

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Since September 30, 2011, FBI agents and San Diego Police robbery detectives have conducted additional investigation into the Wells Fargo robbery. Based upon this investigation, agents and detectives believe there is a reasonable belief that the “Geezer Bandit” is responsible for this robbery.

Anyone with information concerning the “Geezer Bandit” is asked to contact the FBI at telephone number (858) 565-1255, or your local law enforcement agency. The “Geezer Bandit” is considered armed and dangerous. A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the “Geezer Bandit.”