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The Geezer Bandit is back to his old tricks

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Geezer Bandit has struck again, this time in San Luis Obispo County. It happened Friday at a bank in Morro Bay. This is the notorious robber's 14th heist.

This August will mark two years that the Geezer Bandit began his crime spree at several banks throughout San Diego County before heading north, with his latest hit in Morro Bay. Along the way, while he's slightly changed his MO, one thing hasn't changed -- his uncanny ability to elude capture.

It all began Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 when a well-dressed man who appeared to be in his 70s robbed a U.S. Bank in Santee. Just two weeks later, this time carrying an oxygen tank and sporting a white beret and brown sports jacket, the seeming septuagenarian -- sporting a gray mustache and glasses -- made off with a wad of cash after knocking over a San Diego National Bank in La Jolla.

Then in October 2009, he strikes twice, at a U.S. Bank on Carmel Mountain Road, ditching the beret for a now-trademark baseball cap. He then hit a Bank of America in Rancho Santa Fe, where he traded his oxygen tank for a revolver, the first time authorities say he's armed with a deadly weapon.

By his fifth hit at a Bank of America in La Jolla in November 2009, the gun-toting grandpa is no longer nameless -- the FBI has officially dubbed him the "Geezer Bandit". By his sixth successful holdup two months later, authorities began offering a reward, initially $16,000.

By the time the Geezer Bandit struck two separate banks in Vista in April 2010, it was hard to take the geezer at face value. In fact, News 8's Phil Blauer was the first to theorize that he may actually be a younger man wearing a lifelike silicone mask created by a Hollywood special effects company, going undercover himself to demonstrate the theoretical transformation.

After robberies nine and 10 in Santee and Poway at a Bank of America in May 2010 and a U.S. Bank in early June, the armed-and-dangerous Geezer headed out of San Diego County, hitting a Bank of America in Temecula on June 24. Then after a nearly five-month break, he hit a Bank of America in Bakersfield, another Bank of America in Goleta in January and just last Friday, a Heritage Oaks Bank in Morro Bay.

By that point, the elusive Geezer Bandit had become known everywhere, for better or worse, enjoying cult status online from Facebook to Wikipedia. You can even order Geezer memorabilia online.

In the latest robbery in San Luis Obispo County, authorities say the Geezer Bandit may have taken off in a cream-colored two-door sedan.

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