Video: Dye Pack Blasts Geezer Bandit

Infamous Geezer Bandit leaves behind important clue, says FBI

The FBI has released new surveillance video of a dye-pack explosion involving the so-called Geezer Bandit, a serial bank robber in Southern California famed for being elderly or perhaps using a mask to appear elderly.

The video shows a man walking next to a truck after robbing a Bank of America in San Luis Obispo and becoming surrounded with what looks like red smoke, according to the FBI.

The smoke is actually red dye that came from a dye pack, which is a security device that's implanted in a stack of money to help authorities catch bank robbers by staining them and stunning them.

"You see him drop to the ground, trying to gather some of his belongings and also the money that he stole," said FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth.

What happened next may be further proof that the Geezer Bandit is much younger than he appears, Foxworth said. In the video, you can see the man sprinting across the parking lot.

"When you look at that, it would lead you to believe that he doesn't appear to be someone in his 60s or 70s running at that fast of a pace," said Foxworth.

For the past two years since the Geezer robberies began, the FBI has been in contact with companies that make life-like elderly masks, hoping a sales receipt could lead to the Geezer Bandit, Foxworth said.

The mask may have been damaged by the explosion, according to the FBI.

"If it's not made of the right material then it could permanently stain it, in such a way that it's very noticeable," said Foxworth.

In images taken from inside the bank, the Geezer Bandit is seen carrying his signature day planner against his body, where he hides his gun.

The Geezer left behind the day planner after the dye-pack explosion, according to the FBI. It is now undergoing a forensic examination.

The Geezer Bandit has robbed 16 banks, including 11 in San Diego County. There is a $20,000 reward leading to his capture and conviction.

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