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Geezer bandit hits Vista bank

A retirement-age armed robber blamed for a spree of recent San Diego-area bank heists struck again Tuesday, authorities reported.

The bandit approached a teller at a California Bank and Trust office on Escondido Avenue in Vista shortly after 9 a.m., holding two $20 bills and a day planner, according to the FBI.

After the employee greeting him, the man handed her a demand note and opened the folder he was carrying to reveal a short-barreled black revolver pointed at her.

The clerk turned over an undetermined amount of currency, which the thief put into the black day planner before walking out of the bank, the FBI reported.

The man matched the description of the so-called “Geezer Bandit,” a serial bank robber believed responsible for six holdups prior to this morning’s heist. He is described as a roughly 6-foot, 190-pound white man in his 60s or 70s.

The series of holdups attributed to the man began in late August and have taken place at banks in Carmel Valley, La Jolla, the La Playa neighborhood of Point Loma, Rancho Santa Fe and Santee.

Authorities asked anyone with information about the robberies to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for up to $16,000 in separate rewards being offered in the case.