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Man gets 15 years in prison after firearms thefts, bank robberies

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published August 6, 2019

 Jeffrey Able

Jeffrey Able


A 20-year-old Hawaii man will spend 15 years in federal prison after robbing a gun shop and using the stolen firearms to commit armed robberies at four Oakland County businesses last year.

Jeffrey Able, who admitted to the crimes, was sentenced Aug. 5 by U.S. District Judge Paul D. Berman.

According to court records, Able broke into the Wicked Trigger Gun Shop in Waterford July 6 last year and stole more than 10 guns. Authorities say he then used the stolen firearms to commit armed robberies at several Oakland County business over the course of four weeks, stealing a total of $5,349.

On July 13, 2018, Able robbed the 7-Eleven at  1795 Scott Lake Road in Waterford, then a Mobile gas station in Highland Township July 16, 2018.

On July 23, 2018, he robbed the Michigan Alliance Catholic Credit Union, 921 N. Main St. in Rochester. 

Rochester Police Detective Luke Mitchell said officers responded to a holdup alarm at the credit union at 2:20 p.m. Able — who was caught on security camera footage — passed a teller a note implying that he had a weapon and asking for money. 

He then fled the building with an undisclosed amount of money, according to Mitchell, who also noted that there were no injuries to anyone, nor was there any damage to the building.

 On Aug. 8, 2018, Able robbed the Michigan TCF Bank in Lathrup Village. During the robbery, Able implied that he had a gun and again demanded money from the teller in the form of a note. He left the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

Following the release of surveillance photos by the Lathrup Village Police Department, investigators received an anonymous tip that identified Able. He was arrested at around 9 a.m. Aug. 14, 2018, in the area of Highland Road and Milford Road in Highland Township. 

Call Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at (586) 498-1060.