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Dec 14, 2011 7:38 PM by Courtney Meznarich

Morro Bay detectives file warrants in search for Geezer Bandit

The Morro Bay Police Department is trying to stay hot on the trail on the elusive Geezer Bandit.

Officers filed search warrants in San Luis Obispo Superior Court to find out just who has purchased the mask they believe the bandit has used to rob 16 banks in California, which include branches in Goleta, Morro Bay, and just two weeks ago in San Luis Obispo.

The warrants are for a company called SPFX Masks, which make silicone masks, and its two distributors.

Morro Bay detectives say one mask, called "THE ELDER," is very similar to the mask described by bank tellers in many of the Geezer's robberies.

In the warrant, a detective says "I compared, side by side, the photo of "THE ELDER" and .... the suspect from .... Morro Bay. "THE ELDER" mask and the robbery suspect's face looked almost identical."

Witnesses also describe the bandit as wearing some sort of plastic sleeve, which SPFX also makes, according to the warrant.

The warrant will allow Morro Bay detectives to develop a list of people who purchased the mask from the company's two distributors between January 2009 and May 2011.

The Geezer Bandit's first robbery is believed to have been in August 2009. The FBI got a big break during his last robbery in San Luis Obispo in early December. Detectives say the suspect left his infamous black day planner behind after the dye pack in the money bag exploded as he ran from Bank of America on Higuera Street.

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