A 31-year-old Irvine man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of being the "Dr Pepper bandit," responsible for a string of robberies at convenience stores in the last two months, police said.
A team of undercover officers from the Costa Mesa and Irvine police departments arrested Marc Allen Lewis at 9 a.m. as he was leaving the Orangetree condominium complex where he lives with a cousin, Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick said.
Lewis, who grew up in Newport Beach and attended Newport-Harbor High School, was booked in connection with robberies from Tustin to Mission Viejo. He is being held on $50,000 bail.
Lewis' lawyer, longtime family friend Si Chebithes, said of his client: "There's nothing in his history that would in any way associate him with the charges pending. In many ways, he's been quite an exemplary young man."