'Elderly' serial bank robber could be man in a mask
Published 23/12/2011 | 08:38
An "elderly" man involved in a spate of bank robberies in the US may not be as old as federal agents first suspected.
The "Geezer Bandit", originally thought to be in his 60s or 70s, was captured sprinting across a car park in CCTV footage after a robbery went wrong – not the expected gait of an old man.
The serial bank robber has targeted 16 banks across southern California since August 2009, with the FBI offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to his capture.
The man had previously been described as an elderly white male, but witnesses have come forward saying they suspect the man is wearing a synthetic mask and gloves to make his features appear older.
In the latest theft on December 2, the Geezer Bandit approached a teller in a Bank of America branch and pulled a gun from his diary and demanded cash.
But as he left the building a dye pack exploded in the plastic bag containing the money and the robbery "sprinted away across the bank parking lot", according to the FBI.
"The robber was described as someone who appeared to be an elderly white male but may have been wearing a synthetic-like mask and gloves to conceal his true physical characteristics," the FBI said.
The man then jumped into a white BMW and sped away, the FBI said.
He dropped his diary during the commotion, which the FBI are now reviewing in their crime laboratory.