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Man, 78, held in bank robbery isn't Geezer Bandit, police say

May 13, 2013|By Tony Perry

A 78-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of bank robbery Monday, minutes after he left a bank pulling a suitcase on wheels, the FBI and San Diego police said.

But authorities say that Dale E. Jenkins is not considered a suspect in the Geezer Bandit bank robberies in which 16 banks in San Diego County and other locations were robbed between August 2009 and December 2011.

The Geezer Bandit has been described as a white male between the age of 60 and 70, although suspicions remain that the bandit is a younger man wearing a theatrical mask and makeup.

The Comerica Bank branch in the Sports Arena area was robbed Monday about 1 p.m. by a man wearing a dark suit, tie and a fedora. Jenkins was arrested minutes later near the bank, the FBI said.

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tony.perry@latimes.com

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