Man Gets 15 Years Prison After Stealing Guns For Robberies In Oakland County

August 10, 2019 - 1:02 pm

WATERFORD (WWJ) - A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after he stole a cache of weapons from a metro Detroit gun shop and used the firearms to rob area banks and other businesses.

Prosecutors say 20-year-old Jeffrey Able broke into the Wicked Trigger Gun Shop in Waterford on July 6, 2018 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. Prosecutors say the victims complied "out of fear for their lives" and gave Able the money.

According to prosecutors, Able took a total of $5,349 from four locations during his robbery spree:

• July 13, 2018 7-Eleven located at 1795 Scott Lake Rd, Waterford
• July 16, 2018 Mobile Gas Station in Highland Township
• July 23, 2018 Alliance Catholic Credit Union in Rochester
• August 8, 2018 TCF Bank in Lathrup Village

Investigators received an anonymous tip after surveillance photos were released to the media following the robbery in Lathrup Village, according to reports, and Able was arrested. 

He pleaded guilty to armed robbery and gun charges in March.