|For Immediate Release
Case # 10HF0248 August 23, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON FOR COMMITTING 13 BANK ROBBERIES IN ORANGE COUNTY
SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to eight years in state prison for committing 13 robberies inside banks located primarily in Orange County grocery stores. David Andrew Camp, 52, Laguna Niguel, pleaded guilty to 13 felony counts of second degree robbery. The defendant will not receive credit for time served toward his eight years prison sentence for the year and nine months that he has been in custody. Camp has also been ordered to pay over $26,000 in restitution.
Between Nov. 30, 2009, and Feb. 9, 2010, Camp committed 13 bank robberies in Orange County. The robberies occurred at 13 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, NuVision Federal Credit Union, Pacific Western Bank, US Bank, Wachovia, and Wells Fargo.
The defendant entered banks, many of which were located in grocery stores, often wearing a hat and sunglasses in an effort to disguise his identity. He handed a demand note to a bank teller at each location and verbally instructed them to give him only large bills and not to hide any dye packs. After robbing the bank tellers, Camp fled the scene. There were no weapons displayed in any of the robberies.
The defendant was previously 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.
Deputy District Attorney Vanessa Woods prosecuted this case.