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Retired LAPD Detective Arrested For Allegedly Robbing Five Banks

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Police have arrested a retired LAPD detective who they believe is the "Snowbird Bandit" who robbed five banks in Orange County.

Randolph Bruce Adair was arrested on Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. in Rancho Santa Margarita after the Orange County Sheriff's Department was tipped off by his family. According to the O.C. Register, Adair's family had read an article on the robberies in the paper and contacted authorities with information on the case.

Adair is suspected of robbing five Orange County banks since March 20, with the most recent on Tuesday in Rancho Santa Margarita. He was nicknamed the "Snowbird Bandit" because of his age and white hair.

An LAPD spokesperson told the L.A. Times that Adair was a detective with the Rampart Division for almost 21 years, retiring in 1988. He is a resident of Rancho Santa Margarita and also had an outstanding warrant for DUI charges in Riverside County.