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Unemployed father with many debts charged with 14 O.C. bank robberies

February 23, 2010 |  8:07 am

A Laguna Niguel man was charged with being one of Orange County's most prolific bank robbers, known as the Blue Note Bandit.

David Camp, 50, was charged Monday with 14 felony counts of robbery. He pleaded not guilty.

Most of the robberies have occurred at banks in Orange County, including the robber's target last  Tuesday: a Home Savings of America branch on Moulton Parkway in Laguna Woods.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, the suspect walked up to a teller with a note demanding money. It is unclear how much money he made away with.

He was given the "blue note" moniker by authorities because he submitted some of the notes to tellers on blue paper.

Neighbors said between 50 to 75 law enforcement officials swarmed the suspect's home in the 23000 block of Porpoise Cove in Laguna Niguel last Wednesday evening. 

If convicted, he faces 18 years in prison. 

According to the Orange County Register, Camp was unemployed, had severe debts and struggled with drug problems. He had worked as a salesman and was trying to support a wife and two children, authorities said.

-- Shelby Grad