Eastpointe man sentenced to prison for robbery spree

By: Kristyne E. Demske | C&G Newspapers | Published July 19, 2019

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ST. CLAIR SHORES/WARREN/EASTPOINTE — An Eastpointe man who went on a robbery spree in five cities will spend the next 56 years behind bars, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Mohamed Abdi, 33, of Eastpointe, began a robbery spree June 26, 2017, when he tried to rob the Family Dollar, 18040 Nine Mile Road in Eastpointe. The store clerk was unable to open the register, so Abdi drove to a CVS in Warren later that same day and robbed that store instead.

Abdi then robbed seven other CVS and Rite Aid stores throughout metro Detroit, including three stores in St. Clair Shores; two in Warren; and one each in Allen Park, Wayne and Lincoln Park. His final robbery was of the CVS pharmacy at 22515 Mack Ave. in St. Clair Shores Oct. 18, 2017.

He took $2,825.66 from the eight stores he robbed over the course of four months.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, each time Abdi robbed a store, he wore a baseball hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt. He picked stores that appeared to be empty based on the number of cars in the parking lot. He would wait until the store was empty of customers and then pull out a gun. The press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office also states that Abdi threatened several store clerks, including telling the Eastpointe clerk who could not open the cash register that she was lucky he didn’t shoot her.

The FBI Violent Crimes Task Force led the investigation and was assisted by police in Allen Park, Lincoln Park, Livonia, St. Clair Shores, Warren and Wayne.

Abdi was convicted in November 2018 and was sentenced July 11 to 56 years in prison. He was represented by attorney Kimberly Stout, who did not return a call for comment by press time.

St. Clair Shores police were investigating robberies of CVS pharmacies in October 2017 when Abdi was stopped by Grosse Pointe Woods public safety officers and admitted that he had a gun in his car “because I did something stupid.” He admitted to robbing the CVS on Greater Mack Avenue at Maxine Street. According to the complaint, while Abdi was in police custody, he “made an unsolicited statement that he had messed up and he did what he did to feed his twins.”

According to the complaint, Abdi stated that he was committing the robberies to support his family. He allegedly told police that he used to work at a gas station in Detroit, where he witnessed a fight between two men. During that fight, a handgun fell out of the waistband of one of the participants and slid under a shelf. That is the gun Abdi told police he was using to allegedly commit the robberies.