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Man claims to be “geezer bandit”—but FBI says the real “geezer” remains at large

November 4, 2010 (San Diego) – Edwin Power was arrested for robbing a Wells Fargo Bank in Carlsbad on Monday, where he reportedly told a teller that he is the “geezer bandit” who has robbed numerous banks in San Diego County, including two in Santee.But FBI spokesman Darrell Foxworth has said that he is skeptical of that claim.


Power pled not guilty to multiple charges yesterday. Before robbing the Wells Fargo, he reportedly attempted to rob a Bank America and a medical office nearby, but left without any cash. ECM news partner 10 News reports that Power, 58, is a documented member of the Mongols Motorcyclcle Club, a biker gang known to engage in large-scale drug trafficking and other serious crimes.


Authorities arrested Power at his home after a witness reported the license plate of his maroon PT cruiser. Bank video further confirmed his identity and stolen money was recovered in his home, prosecutor Ann Richardson told the judge. Power could serve 10 years in prison if convicted of the crimes.


Power previously served 69 days in jail for threatening police officers who pulled him over in February, 10 News reported.

The Geezer’s last known crime in San Diego County was June 7 in Poway, at a bank located inside an Albertson’s grocery store. Other geezer crimes were held in San Diego, Santee, La Jolla, Rancho Santa Fe , Vista and Temecula. He is not known to have identified himself as the geezer during his crimes.


The string of robberies have generated national news, inspired two Facebook pages and jokes by Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show.” Nicknamed the “geezer” bandit for his geriatric appearance, the thief has been known to carry an oxygen tank—as well as a gun in a leather case.

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