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Is the 'Geezer Bandit' really a master of disguise?

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - A half dozen banks have been hit, and now the FBI is trying to figure out if the elaborate crime spree is actually an elaborate hoax pulled off by a young criminal.

FBI investigators are being asked if the so-called "Geezer Bandit" is the real deal - a senior citizen desperate for cash, or is he simply a master of disguise who has held up six tellers in the last six months from Santee to La Jolla.

"Our agents and task force members are looking into the real possibility that he may be younger, that he may be wearing a mask and that he may be wearing special effects makeup," April Langwell of the San Diego FBI said.

Online, News 8 found an old man costume mask made by a Santa Monica special effects makeup company that closely resembles the suspect's face, right down to a mole on the chin.

La Jolla-based makeup artist Doris Lew-Jensen has used special effects prosthetics for many projects. Her trained eye sees something very unusual about the possible facial cover-up.

"It's almost like it's not glued down, like it's lifting. I think that looks a little odd," she said.

She says the holdup man's hands, which appear to be bloated in some photos, are revealing.

"The skin tone, it doesn't look natural. I think someone who's naturally that old would have age spots and maybe some veins, thin skin, maybe a little ruddiness to his skin," Lew-Jensen said.

Lew-Jensen says eyeglasses can also help block a mask's flaws. She believes the robber's attempts to conceal his identity are sloppy.

Authorities say they are looking at the Geezer Bandit's changes in clothing from a more mature look to a youthful one as the crime spree progressed.

Still, they say he's to be taken seriously because in the last few robberies, he has flashed a silver and black semi-automatic weapon.

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