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A man known as the “TC Bandit” who robbed more than a dozen Valley banks and grocery stores in 2015 and 2016 was sentenced to more than 18 years in federal prison, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday.
David Palacios, 57, was charged with one count of armed bank robbery and one count of possessing a firearm during a crime of violence for a Jan. 2, 2016, robbery at the U.S. Bank inside a Fry’s grocery store near 66th Avenue and Bell Road, the FBI said.
As part of the plea agreement, Palacios took responsibility for five other bank robberies and nine Hobbs Act robberies, which are robberies of a grocery store or a bank located within a grocery store.
The robberies started on May 24, 2015, at a Fry’s grocery store near 35th and Peoria avenues, the FBI said.
Palacios robbed six other Fry’s stores in Phoenix, Peoria and Glendale from May to December 2015, according to the FBI.
During that time, Palacios also robbed an Arizona Federal Credit Union and Academy Bank in Glendale, a First Convenience Bank and Desert Schools Federal Credit Union in Phoenix, and a Desert Schools Federal Credit Union in Peoria — all of which were armed robberies, the FBI said.
Officials said Palacios also robbed a Safeway store in Phoenix in August 2015 and attempted to rob another one in December.
Palacios was sentenced to 18 years and eight months in federal prison, followed by five years of federal probation.
The investigation also involved Phoenix, Peoria and Glendale police departments.
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