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12/3/2013 4:30:00 PM
Bank robbery suspect nabbed in Kingman
Man charged with crimes in Kingman and Bullhead City
The suspect in the Nov. 22 robbery of a Kingman Bank of America (above) closely resembles the suspect in the Nov. 14 Wells Fargo bank robbery in Bullhead City (below). (Courtesy)
The suspect in the Nov. 22 robbery of a Kingman Bank of America (above) closely resembles the suspect in the Nov. 14 Wells Fargo bank robbery in Bullhead City (below). (Courtesy)
Kingman Police arrested a suspect Tuesday for the two previous robberies as well as one that occurred Tuesday at  a branch of Mohave State Bank. (Courtesy)
Kingman Police arrested a suspect Tuesday for the two previous robberies as well as one that occurred Tuesday at a branch of Mohave State Bank. (Courtesy)
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The third time was not the charm for alleged bank robber Robert C. Wallace, who was arrested early Tuesday afternoon just moments after police say he robbed Mohave State Bank of an undisclosed amount of cash at the Stockton Hill Road branch.

Kingman Police officers arrested Wallace, 71, on Stockton Hill Road where he was stopped for a red light at Sycamore Avenue, just a few blocks from the bank.

Police believe Wallace also robbed the Bank of America in the 2300 block of Stockton Hill Road on Nov. 22 and a Wells Fargo branch in Bullhead City one week earlier.

While the robber presented bank employees with threatening notes demanding money, he never brandished a weapon.

Police, however, said Wallace was in possession of a "large caliber" handgun when they removed him from his 2004 Jeep Wrangler.

Police also said the money taken in the Mohave State Bank robbery was found in the Jeep.

Wallace admitted his involvement in the other robberies, according to Kingman Police spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki.

He is charged with three felony counts of armed robbery.

Kingman Police detectives are working the case with the Bullhead City Police Department and the FBI, according to Sochocki.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Article comment by: alot to be said

Im in my fifties. I have been disabled for a while now. My sole income is SSD. I make it, I get little help from family and friend. Say I lost my benefits.

How long could I live with family or friends before the welcome runs out and Im a burdon? It varies but the fact remains. I would cause people problems they shouldnt have to deal with. With no income. You can see trouble coming fast.

So what do I do if I find myself in this spot.

This man may have been in that kind of spot. Or after his wifes passing just not wanting to live. If thats the case Prison is a good choice for him especially over suicide by cop. He can have friends, food, and some comfort. We may all find out when he stands trial why he did this.


Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Article comment by: Oh Ya

Oh okay....now I know why all the little kids get suspended for "hand" guns and chewing their sandwiches into the shape of guns. They are communicating a threat! I'm sure the ole guy will get 3 squares, he wasn't on drugs, wasn't selling drugs, so he going to do hard time.

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: The Truth

This old man lost his wife 5 years ago. Doesn't anyone else think that he may have been trying to find his end earlier by doing this? Sad, matter what the case. My heart goes out the the victims that were terrified!

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: R .

Go watch the movie "Going In Style" with George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg...one of my all-time favorite movies. At any rate, pay attention to their rationale for why they decided to rob banks, maybe this old timer feels the same way.

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: R .

@ Oh Ya- It is armed robbery...he's got his arms, doesn't he? Duh!

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: Bank Employee

From my experience working at a bank, even if you just "say" you have a gun and you dont, they can charge you with armed robbery. You dont have to present it. The fact that he presented notes saying he had a gun is why they charged him with that.

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: ICE Biker

Well I see Obama Care is working. After Social Security goes away this will be Common every day thing

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: colleen famoso

3 Hots and a Cot is what he wanted. No worries.

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: Ernest Matthews

Federal prison isn't a bad retirement plan, it beats an old folks home.


Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: @ OH YA

He claimed to have a weapon in his notes, he may have had a concealed weapon. They found one in his jeep.. Good enough for everyone but you. Gramps is going down hard.

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: joker wilde

Not to be a nit-picker but .... the reporter wrote that the arrest/robbery took place Tuesday afternoon, but no specifics. I read elsewhere that the incident occured shortly after 12:30 p.m. The devil's in the details, Doug.

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: Little Girl

"I'm no Rocket Scientist" Obviously. He claimed to be armed, the tellers believed he was armed. A weapon was found in his vehicle. It's not rocket science...

Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: Capt.. Nice

There is no law saying this man cannot be in possession of a large caliber hand gun, unless he is a convicted felon.
At least the guy got caught and the tax payers can take care of him for the rest of his life. May have been what he wanted.
Like someone else said, how can it be called "armed robbery" if he never used a weapon?
I wonder how the cops caught him at a stop sign, they couldn't have been racial profiling could they?


Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: no way

@ Oh Ya

I'm sorry, what exactly is the problem. Robbery is the taking of property by force or fear, i.e. threat. You don't have to brandish a gun.


Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: Arizona Sheepdog

13-1904. Armed robbery classification

A. A person commits armed robbery if, in the course of committing robbery as defined in section 13-1902, such person or an accomplice:

1. Is armed with a deadly weapon or a simulated deadly weapon or

2. Uses or threatens to use a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument or a simulated deadly weapon.

B. Armed robbery is a class 2 felony.


Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Article comment by: Mike Alerich

"Armed Robbery" can consist of "force & fear" good enough for booking now we'll see what the DA Office will break it down to.
Maybe the old hoot missed his bunkies in the joint, warm bunk, medical care, 3 eats per day, cable TV etc.


Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

I can't say for sure but in my opinion this guy was acting like he wanted to get caught.

Too many robberies in such a short time span, no attempt at all of a disguise and it sounds as if he was in no hurry to get away from the scene.

Maybe he has lost everything to live for and figured this was his way out.......


Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Article comment by: Oh Ya

"While the robber presented bank employees with threatening notes demanding money, he never brandished a weapon."

But then....He is charged with three felony counts of armed robbery.

I'm no Rocket Scientist but there appears to be a problem here!




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