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"Geezer Bandit" Strikes Again! Tied to 12th Calif. Bank Robbery

Courtesy of Bakersfield Police
"Geezer Bandit" Tied to 12th Calif. Bank Robbery
(KFMB/Bakersfield Police Dept.)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (CBS/KFMB/AP) The "Geezer Bandit" has struck again, but this time with a few extra wrinkles.

FBI spokesman Darrell Foxman said Tuesday the bandit has been tied to a 12th bank robbery, but the first outside Southern California.

Foxman says the man believed to be in his 70s robbed a Bank of America in Bakersfield Friday, handing a teller a demand note and threatening her with a gun, as he has previously.

Police in Bakersfield said witnesses there reported a "Halloween-style old-man mask" on the robber.

Foxman says though they have not been publicized, reports of a mask are "not new," and investigators have considered that the man's elderly features could be a disguise.

According to CBS affiliate KFMB, the first 11 robberies were all in San Diego and Riverside counties, most recently in June.

Three rewards, totaling $16,000, have been offered for information leading to the arrest of the "Geezer Bandit." Police believe he is armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information concerning these robberies is asked to contact the FBI at (858) 565-1255, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-TIPS.

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