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The real story behind the fake "Geezer"

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KEARNY MESA (CBS 8) - We're learning more about the man accused of robbing a Wells Fargo bank in Oceanside Monday. Investigators say 58-year-old Edward Power has an extensive criminal history.

As Edward Power awaits his day in court, we're learning more about the Carlsbad man accused in the armed robbery of a Wells Fargo bank in Oceanside Monday, claiming to be the notorious "Geezer Bandit".

"He seemed to be in a tone where he wanted to agitate and intimidate and frighten people which is a little disconcerting when you look at his background obviously," Carlsbad Police Lt. Kelly Cain said.

Court documents obtained by News 8 show Power has been in and out of jail and prison in Arizona and California since the 1970s for everything from drug possession and aggravated DUI to auto theft and assault with a deadly weapon.

His most recent run-in with the law was back in March, when he was charged with felony resisting arrest and threatening a peace officer. He is currently on three years probation and not allowed to own a firearm.

"He could be looking at a third strike with this crime, and that's a decision that we'll be making in concert with the district attorney's office," Lt. Cain said.

Witnesses told police Power made several references to the Geezer Bandit, who has held up 10 banks in San Diego County and one in Riverside County in a series that started in August 2009. But the FBI and police agree Power is not the infamous serial thief.

"With the prevailing crime spree of the Geezer Bandit on the minds of bank tellers, maybe there was a mistake about what he actually said," Lt. Cain said. "At this point, we don't have enough evidence to indicate he is responsible for those crimes."

While investigators recovered the stolen cash at Power's apartment, the weapon used in this brazen crime has yet to be found.

"With his age and the convictions, he may spend the rest of his life in prison," Lt. Cain said.

Power is currently being held in the Vista Jail on $200,000 bail. He's scheduled to face a judge Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

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