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Geezer Bandit drops clue that may lead to his capture

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Police may have a pair of big breaks in the Geezer Bandit case after his 16th heist on Friday in San Luis Obispo. The first involves some evidence he left behind after he was startled by an exploding dye pack. The other regards his possible getaway vehicle.

It's perhaps the clue that will reveal who this alleged master of disguise really is. The serial robber's series began in August 2009. Now, it's possible it could be coming to an end if authorities develop key information from the botched holdup.

"There was either a day planner or address-type book that was left behind," San Luis Obispo Police Department Capt. Chris Staley said. "I'm not sure what was contained inside that book, and we will be processing it obviously as evidence and turning it over to the FBI."

During his getaway from a Bank of America branch in San Luis Obispo last week, the robber was surprised with a hidden exploding dye pack. He left behind red-stained cash in a nearby parking lot, along with a planning book.

"I sure hope it is the break we're looking for in the case, and I'm hopeful that whatever evidence we were able to recover will lead to his identification," Staley said.

It's also possible authorities now have a better description of the clever crook's getaway vehicle -- a white 5-series BMW sedan -- that peeled away from the crime scene.

"It departing the parking lot at a high rate of speed and a citizen obviously thought it was suspicious," Staley said.

Investigators also say he dropped the demand not that he presented to the teller.

A San Diego National Bank employee who came face-to-face with the Geezer Bandit during a January 2010 holdup in Point Loma described her encounter.

"He came in, requested money, passed a note and said 'If you don't, I will murder you and everyone else in the bank,'" the teller said.

The bottom line: police say the Geezer Bandit is no laughing matter.

"This man is considered armed and dangerous. We're taking it seriously, and just because of the disguise, we haven't changed the way we do business with him," Staley said.

There is a $20,000 reward still being offered by the FBI for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the Geezer Bandit.

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