A retired LAPD detective suspected of being the Snowbird Bandit has been indicted on charges of robbing five Orange County banks, according to court records.

Randolph Bruce Adair. Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Randolph Bruce Adair, 70, of Rancho Santa Margarita was indicted Wednesday on five counts of bank robbery and three counts of brandishing a gun during the stickups.

Adair is accused of taking $1,731 on March 20 at a California Bank and Trust branch at 24034 Camino Del Avion in Dana Point.

On May 22, he robbed a First Citizens Bank branch at 29818 Santa Margarita Parkway in Rancho Santa Margarita, according to the indictment. He got away with $1,190 in that heist, the indictment alleges.

On June 11, Adair robbed a Wells Fargo Bank branch at 24471 Alicia Parkway in Mission Viejo of $944, the indictment alleges.

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On July 6, Adair robbed a U.S. Bank branch at 111 Corporate Drive in Ladera Ranch of about $3,600, the indictment alleges.

On July 21, Adair again robbed the First Citizens Bank branch at 29818 Rancho Margarita Parkway in Rancho Santa Margarita of about $1,658, the indictment alleges.

Adair is accused of brandishing a firearm during the May 22, June 11, and July 6 stickups, the indictment alleges.

Adair was scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 17.

After authorities circulated video surveillance photos of the suspect, the defendant’s family called investigators and said Adair “is retired, on a fixed income, and a heavy gambler,” according to FBI Special Agent Chris Gicking.

The retired detective worked for the Los Angeles Police Department from December 1967 to October 1988.

When Adair was shown surveillance video photos of the Snowbird Bandit, he said, “I’m cooked. I think I should have a lawyer,” according to Gicking.

According to Gicking, when Adair was being arrested, authorities found $1,120 in Del Mar race track betting receipts on the defendant. His arresting officers also found a $300 cash deposit receipt in his wife’s bank account and a receipt for a $100 cash deposit in his own account. All of the receipts were dated July 22.

Investigators also recovered a tan fedora and light-green, button-up shirt in a storage locker of the defendant’s that matches what the Snowbird Bandit is seen wearing in surveillance video, according to the FBI.

The FBI coined the Snowbird Bandit moniker based on the suspect’s age and appearance.

Adair told the Orange County Register in 1998 that as a rookie cop, he was among the officers who responded to the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles following the assassination of presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy, and witnessed the arrest of gunman Sirhan Sirhan.

He told the paper he helped control the crowd while officers cuffed Sirhan. Relatives said Adair escorted Kennedy’s wife and astronaut John Glenn to the hospital where the senator was taken.

Adair’s family members told the Register that he rescued seven people from a burning low-income home around 1970. They also said he worked on the Freeway Strangler and Night Stalker serial murder cases, and has had a series of heart attacks in the past couple of years.

— City News Service

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