FBI Phoenix
Jill McCabe
(623) 466-1844
June 7, 2017

Armed Bank Robber Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

“TC Bandit” Admits to 15 Robberies

PHOENIX, AZ—On May 30, 2017, David Palacios, 57, aka the “TC Bandit”, was sentenced to 18 years and 8 months in federal prison, to be followed by five years of federal probation.

The TC Bandit robbery series took place from May of 2015 and lasted until January of 2016.

Palacios was charged with one count of Armed Bank Robbery and one count of Possessing a Firearm during a Crime of Violence for a January 2, 2016 robbery at the U.S. Bank located in the Fry’s Grocery Store at 6611 West Bell Road, Glendale, Arizona.

As part of the plea agreement, Palacios also took responsibility for five additional bank robberies and nine Hobbs Act robberies (robberies of grocery stores and banks within grocery stores) to include:

  • May 24, 2015 Fry’s Grocery Store, 3511 W. Peoria Avenue Phoenix, AZ (Hobbs Act robbery)
  • May 31, 2015 Fry’s Grocery Store, 6601 W. Indian School Phoenix, AZ (Hobbs Act robbery)
  • June 6, 2015 Fry’s Grocery Store, 7455 West Cactus Road Peoria, AZ (Hobbs Act robbery)
  • June 27, 2017 Arizona Federal Credit Union, 5505 W. Bell Road Glendale, AZ (Armed Bank Robbery)
  • July 3, 2015 Fry’s Grocery Store, 3421 W. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix, AZ(Hobbs Act robbery)
  • July 18, 2015 Fry’s Grocery Store, 9245 W. Union Hills Drive, Peoria, AZ(Hobbs Act robbery)
  • August 8, 2015 1st Convenience Bank, 3223 W. Indian School Rd,. Phoenix, AZ (Armed Bank Robbery)
  • August 31, 2015 Safeway, 810 East Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ (2 Hobbs Act robberies)
  • September 19, 2015 Fry’s Grocery Store, 5116 W. Olive Avenue, Glendale, AZ (Hobbs Act robbery)
  • October 3, 2015 Academy Bank, 5605 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, AZ (Armed Bank Robbery)
  • October 24, 2015 Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, 7975 W. Peoria Ave, Peoria, AZ (Armed Bank Robbery)
  • December 12, 2015 Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, 5250 W. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ (Armed Bank Robbery)
  • December 19, 2015 Safeway, 4811 North 83rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ (Attempted Hobbs Act Robbery)
  • December 27, 2015 Fry’s Grocery Store, 7455 W. Cactus Rd. (Hobbs Act Robbery)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation would like to thank the Glendale Police Department, the Peoria Police Department, and the Phoenix Police Department who were all heavily involved in this investigation and were all instrumental in the success of this case. The prosecution was handled by Gayle Helart Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.