A former LAPD detective has been arrested on suspicion of robbing five banks since March.
Randolph “Randy” Adair, 70, was taken into custody after his own daughter recognized him from surveillance footage released to the public and turned him in, according to The Orange County Register.
“It was the right thing,” Kateri Fogleman told the paper. “I knew we had to do it.”
The FBI believes that Adair is the “Snowbird Bandit,” so named for his white hair. The robber has hit various banks around Orange County, California, in March, May, June and twice in July.
Adair appeared Monday in federal court in Santa Ana, California, where he was ordered held without bail on one count of bank robbery.
Fogleman was “frozen” when she first saw the image she believed was of her father in the Register last week. “I fell to my knees,” she told the paper. “I was absolutely stunned. Paralyzed.”
But she knew she had to turn him in. After all, her father, a retired detective, had taught her nothing less. “His life was all about law enforcement and family,” Fogleman said.
Still, she struggled, fainting as she walked into the sheriff’s department substation with her husband and her mom by her side.
Authorities suspect Adair had a gambling problem. “It’s very sad that anyone would do that,” said LAPD Detective Chris Casey, who worked with Adair previously. “People are human beings and do stupid things for a reason. They are desperate.”
But Fogleman said her father struggled with various health issues over the past few years, including a string of six heart attacks in 2013.
“Doctors said he suffered severe brain damage,” Fogleman said. “They called him a dead man walking.”
She added: “It’s insane. How does a walking dead man rob a bank? He’s ill. There’s no other explanation.”
Adair faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, the Associated Press reports.
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