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'Blue Note Bandit' arrested in Laguna Niguel

February 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A man believed to be the "Blue Note Bandit" has been arrested on unrelated charges in Orange County. A suspect caught on surveillance video multiple times has now been identified by authorities as 50-year-old David Andrew Camp of Laguna Niguel.

Camp was arrested Wednesday outside his Laguna Niguel home on an unrelated warrant from Los Angeles for fraud.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department called the suspect the most prolific bank robber in Orange County history. He was given the moniker because in some of the heists, he used blue paper for demand notes.

Investigators say his demand notes usually read, "large bills quickly." The so-called "Blue Note Bandit" is suspected in a string of as many as 15 robberies over the last two months, mainly in south and central Orange County.

His last robbery was in Dana Point on Super Bowl Sunday. In all the robberies, he claimed to have a gun.

"We actually fielded a number of tips thanks to the media," said FBI agent Chris Gicking.

Authorities say that Camp was arrested at his home in Laguna. They did not say if his wife and two teenage boys were at home at the time of the arrest.

Officials describe Camp as unemployed salesman with an alleged drug problem. One consumer fraud Web site showed complaints of people accusing Camp of taking their money and not delivering whatever it was he was selling.

"We do know that there are some severe debt issues that he is facing," said Tim Moy, Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators said he was careful to not leave behind any evidence and that he was calm and methodical during the stickups.

For now David Camp remains in custody with his bail set at $250,000.