Bank Robbery Marks 13th Suspect Stands Accused Of

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the “Geezer Bandit” has robbed California bank number 13 — but he’s stayed lucky enough to keep from getting caught.

The FBI said in a news release Saturday that a man believed to be the elderly bank robber has struck for the first time in Santa Barbara after 11 robberies in the San Diego area starting in 2009, and one in Bakersfield in November.

Authorities say the man believed to be in his 70s and wearing his usual blazer, dark pants and baseball cap robbed a Bank of America on Friday at about 5:30 p.m., threatening a teller with a pistol and leaving with cash.

The FBI has considered that the man’s elderly features could be a disguise, after some witness reports that he was wearing a mask.

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