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‘Geezer Bandit’ robs Santee bank

A retirement-age serial bank robber dubbed the “Geezer Bandit” struck again today, a sheriff’s lieutenant said.

The thief, who appears to be in his 60s or 70s, approached a teller at a Bank of America branch office in the 9700 block of Mission Gorge Road in Santee about 9:45 a.m., pulled a pistol and presented a demand note, Lt. Harold Turner said.

He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash to the south, toward a Vons supermarket, Turner said.

The “Geezer Bandit” is believed responsible for at least nine San Diego-area armed bank robberies, according to the FBI. Witnesses have described him as elderly, white, about 6 feet tall and 190 pounds.

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, Santee and Vista. His most recent robbery prior to Tuesday’s heist occurred on April 30.

During the crimes, the man threatens cashiers with a handgun.

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