Anaheim PD Says It Has "Clean-Cut/Clean-Freak Bandit"

For Navel Gazing's inaugural Crime Time collection of weekly police calls (don't miss the thrilling follow-up and more in weeks to come), we gave prominent placement to the photo you see here. It's a man robbing a Chase Bank branch in Fullerton on June 4 and, according to Johnny Law, the "Clean-cut Bandit" responsible for multiple heists around the county.

Given his nickname because of his clean-shaven appearance, the robber's last job was around 2 p.m. June 6 at the Bank of America at 401 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton. The man handed a note to the teller demanding cash, took hit loot and shot out the door before a witness saw someone running with smoke swirling from a dye pack that had exploded.

Anaheim Police say they got their man. And he's been "freaked" up, too.

David Trieu Nguyen
David Trieu Nguyen
Courtesy Anaheim PD

On Monday evening, June 15, 2009, at approximately 6 p.m., investigators and detectives from the Anaheim Police Department arrested an individual dubbed the "Clean Freak Bandit." During the months of May and June, an Asian male had robbed five banks in the cities of Anaheim, Fullerton and Garden Grove.

The suspect, who has been described as being between the ages of 25-30 and having a clean and neat appearance, entered these banks and gave the tellers a note demanding money. After successfully committing the robbery, he calmly walks out of the banks.

Through their investigation, Anaheim Police investigators and detectives identified the suspect as David Trieu Nguyen, age 32 of Anaheim. On June 15 at approximately 6 p.m., David Nguyen was arrested as he arrived at his place of employment in the area of Bolsa Avenue and Springdale in Huntington Beach. He was arrested outside of the business without incident.

May 20, 2009 Bank located in the 11900 block of Brookhurst Street in Garden Grove.
May 28, 2009 Bank located in the 300 block of south Harbor Blvd. in Anaheim.
June 1, 2009 Bank located in the 100 block of south Harbor Blvd. in Anaheim.
June 4, 2009 Bank located in the 1200 block of north Harbor in Fullerton
June 6, 2009 Bank located in the 400 block of north Harbor in Fullerton.


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