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By Eric Heinz
Orange County Sheriff’s Department Officials said in a Thursday press release that Randolph Bruce Adair, 70, also known as the “Snowbird Bandit,” was arrested at about 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Rancho Santa Margarita.
Adair is suspected to be responsible for five bank robberies in the last four months in the cities of Dana Point, Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch. His most recent robbery was Tuesday at the First Citizens Bank in Rancho Santa Margarita.
The OCSD press release stated Adair is a retired Los Angeles Police Department detective. According to the release, several family members of Adair contacted sheriff’s deputies, saying they recognized him from “recent media reports.” The Orange County Bank Robbery Apprehension Team was led to Adair with the help of family members.
Adair has been arrested for robbery and an outstanding warrant and was booked into Orange County Jail. Although he is being held on a $205,000 bail bond, investigators intend to pursue federal charges against Adair, the release stated.
Anyone with additional information is asked by BRAT to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 714.647.7000 or investigators at 949.939.8699. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.847.6227 or at www.occrimestoppers.org.
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