PHILADELPHIA — A Sharon Hill man was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison Monday and ordered to pay $43,632 in restitution for robbing nine banks in Montgomery and Delaware counties between April and December 2018, according to a release from U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain.
David Charles Hayes, 33, pleaded guilty to all nine robberies in November. He typically entered the bank with his face covered, usually with a bandana, hat and sunglasses, then approached tellers and demanded that they hand over money, according to the release.
Hayes threatened the tellers with harm if they did not comply, saying things like, “Don’t do anything goofy or I will hurt you,” and “If you want to make it home to your kids, don’t push any buttons or try anything,” according to the release.
But one teller was able to slip a dye pack into the bag with the stolen money, which started smoking and released a colored dye when it was removed from the bank. Hayes discarded the dye pack and the gloves he was wearing, which detectives used to identify Hayes as a suspect through DNA evidence.
Hayes was taken into custody at Sugar House Casino, where he admitted to gambling with his robbery proceeds.
Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, called Hayes a “prolific robber” in the release, noting he hit nine banks in as many months across multiple jurisdictions.
“The FBI and our law enforcement partners were determined to put a stop to his one-man spree,” said Driscoll. “Working together, we were able to take him off the street and see him brought to justice.”
The case was investigated by the FBI, with assistance from the Ridley Township, Glenolden, Sharon Hill, Radnor and Lower Merion police departments, as well as Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda R. Reinitz prosecuted.