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Man Gets 15 Years in Federal Prison on Armed Robbery and Gun Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Michigan

A 20-year old man from Hawaii was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison after having pleaded guilty in March to robbing a gun shop and using the stolen firearms to commit armed robberies, announced United States Attorney Matthew Schneider.

Schneider was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge James Deir, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Sentenced was Jeffrey Able. 

According to court records, on July 6, 2018, Able broke into the Wicked Trigger Gun Shop in Waterford, Michigan and stole more than 10 firearms.  Over the course of approximately four weeks, Able used the stolen firearms to commit armed robberies of several locations in Oakland County.

During his robbery spree, Able would enter the locations brandishing one of the stolen firearms and demand money.  Out of fear for their lives, the victims complied and gave Able the money.  Able robbed the following locations:

•           July 13, 2018            7-Eleven located at 1795 Scott Lake Rd, Waterford;

•           July 16, 2018            Mobile Gas Station in Highland Township, Michigan

•           July 23, 2018            Alliance Catholic Credit Union in Rochester, Michigan

•           August 8, 2018         TCF Bank in Lathrup Village, Michigan

Able took $5,349 from the four locations affected by his robbery spree.

The investigation was led by members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI Oakland County Gang and Violent Crime Task Force. 

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jihan Williams.

Updated August 5, 2019

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