MAN ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES OF COMMITTING 14 ROBBERIES IN ORANGE COUNTY BANKS

For Immediate Release
Case # 10HF0248

 

 


February 22, 2010

Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
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Farrah Emami
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MAN ARRAIGNED ON CHARGES OF COMMITTING 14 ROBBERIES IN ORANGE COUNTY BANKS

 

*Defendant was dubbed the “Blue Note Bandit” by law enforcement

 

SANTA ANA – A man dubbed the “Blue Note Bandit” was arraigned today on charges of committing 14 robberies inside banks located primarily in Orange County grocery stores. David Andrew Camp, 50, Laguna Niguel, was charged today with 14 felony counts of second degree robbery and faces a maximum sentence of 18 years in state prison if convicted. The defendant was arraigned today and is being held on $500,000 bail. He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on March 5, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. in Department H-2, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.

 

Between Nov. 30, 2009, and Feb. 9, 2010, Camp is accused of committing 14 bank robberies in Orange County. The robberies occurred at 14 different locations in the cities of Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, and San Juan Capistrano. The bank chains included California Bank & Trust, Chase, Bank of America, FirstBank, Home Savings Bank, NuVison Federal Credit Union, Pacific Western Bank, US Bank, Wachovia, and Wells Fargo. 

 

The defendant is accused of entering banks, many of which were located in grocery stores, often wearing a hat and sunglasses in hopes of disguising his identity. He is accused of handing a demand note to a bank teller at each location and verbally instructing them to give him only large bills and not to hide any dye packs.  After robbing the bank tellers, Camp is accused of fleeing the scene. There were no weapons displayed in any of the robberies. In one of the early robberies, the defendant is accused of writing his demand note on blue paper, and was consequently dubbed the “Blue Note Bandit” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

 

Family members of the defendant contacted law enforcement after recognizing Camp from media coverage of the robberies.  Following an investigation, Camp was arrested Feb. 17, 2010, by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Mike Munn at (714) 648-3646.

 

Deputy District Attorney Gary Logalbo of the Career Criminal Unit is prosecuting this case.

 

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