Police arrest Irvine man who robbed Newport Beach bank

Police arrested a 55-year-old Irvine man who they say robbed a Newport Beach bank on Thursday morning, May 24.

Shortly before 10:45 a.m. a man carrying a black bag gave a note to a Bank of America employee stating he had a gun and was robbing the bank, Newport Beach police said.

After the man was given a “large sum of cash” from the teller, he left the bank which is on Newport Coast Drive and San Joaquin Hills Road.

Officers couldn’t find the suspect who was also wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and latex gloves. Detectives and FBI agents responded to the investigation where they used surveillance images to identify the man as Barry Buydens.

Later that evening detectives executed a search warrant at Buydens’ home and vehicle.

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“During the search, the stolen cash as well as numerous items used in the robbery were recovered,” a statement from Newport Beach police said. “Barry Buydens was arrested without incident and a bail enhancement was authorized due to his dual citizenship with Canada and the United States.”

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the robbery or suspect is asked to call Detective Jason Princeat at 949-644-3762. Anonymous messages can be left 1-800-550-NBPD.

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