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'Blue Note Bandit' bank robber arraigned

A 50-year-old man believed to be the 'blue note bandit' has been arrested on unrelated charges in Orange County.

February 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A Laguna Niguel man suspected of going on a bank robbery spree, holding up 14 banks over three months, was arraigned Monday.David Andrew Camp, 50, was charged with 14 felony counts of second degree robbery. He could face up to 18 years in state prison if he's convicted.

Law enforcement dubbed him the "Blue Note Bandit" after he passed a demand note to a bank teller on blue paper.

Bail was set at $500,000.

Camp will have a pre-trial hearing on March 5, 2010 at 8:30 in Department H-2, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.

Authorities say between Nov. 30, 2009 and Feb. 9, 2010, Camp held up 13 banks located inside Orange County grocery stores from Irvine to San Juan Capistrano.

Investigators say Camp would often wear disguises and told bank tellers to give him only large bills and not to hide dye packs in the cash.

No weapons were ever displayed during the robberies.

Family members of Camp contacted law enforcement after recognizing him from news stories.

Camp was arrested a day after the last bank robbery by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

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