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UPDATE: Charges Filed in F-M Crime Spree

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Wednesday Update

Moorhead Police have identified the man accused of stealing money from 5 convenience stores in Fargo and Moorhead Tuesday.

Investigators say Abdi Abdullahi, a 25 year old from Minneapolis, entered the businesses, pretended to buy something, then stole money from the cash registers when the clerks opened them.

Moorhead police arrested Abdullahi and the get away driver, an 84-year-old man from Fargo, about 15 minutes after the last reported robbery.

Police say Abdullahi is being held in the Clay County Jail pending extradition to Cass County for Felony Theft charges. 

He also facing four counts of Misdemeanor Theft and one Misdemeanor charge of open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle in Clay County. 

The driver of the vehicle was interviewed by investigators but has been released from custody pending review from the Clay County Attorney's Office. 

The investigation is on-going. 

Latest Update

Five robberies in Moorhead and Fargo combined happened in about an hour's time. Police believe a gas station in Fargo and four in Moorhead were robbed Tuesday afternoon by the same people.

Moorhead Police was alerted to a robbery at the M&H convenience store in Fargo located at 16th Street and Main Avenue. Shortly before that, Moorhead Police responded to a call that the Stop N' Go at 1702 30th Avenue South was being robbed at 4:00 p.m. As officers were responding to this incident, an alarm was reported at the Orton's convenience store at 725 30th Avenue South. Minutes later, the Casey's General Store at 707 37th Avenue South reported a robbery.  Approximately 15 minutes later the Holiday Gas Station located at 3475 28th Avenue South reported a robbery.

They were all in a relatively short distance. And since two men are believe to be involved. having one do the dirty work and the other drive the getaway car, makes the task a lot easier.

Dispatch was kept busy this afternoon.

Lt. Tory Jacobson with the Moorhead Police Department says, "Our officers were alerted to a robbery that occurred."

Sending police all around Moorhead and Fargo

"While responding to this robbery, we also received a hold up," says Lt. Jacobson.

One robbery after another...

"And even an additional 15 minutes later, we had another robbery report," says Lt. Jacobson.

Five gas stations were robbed in the FM area in an hours time.

"Definitely a wild crime spree," says Lt. Jacobson.

Each story was the same.

"Certainly, very serious crimes," says Lt. Jacobson.

Police say convenient store workers had a black man try to buy something, and when the toll was open, he grabbed the cash and ran.

Lt. Jacobson says,"This was a big deal. We're really relieved to have these two in custody."

Shortly after all the hits, two men, whose names have not yet been released, were found in a car, were arrested, and the stolen cash was taken back. While all everyone is safe, and the bad guys are caught, it caused quite the stir around town.

"I'm sure anyone in south Moorhead saw a lot of squad cars," says Lt. Jacobson.

While these were reported and called in as robberies, the people involved may not be charged with robbery. Since there was no weapon involved, police are calling this a "crime spree" and those involved could be charged with something like theft instead. The names of the people involved and their exact charges will be released later after the investigations are complete.

First Update

Two suspects are in custody at the Clay County Jail and charges are pending after several convenience stores were robbed Tuesday afternoon.

Police say initial information was consistent between witnesses.  A black male allegedly tried to buy items, but would then reach over the till and steal money before running out. Police say no weapons were displayed.

The vehicle and the two occupants were located at 9th Avenue at 19th Street South.  Both males were taken into custody. Cash believed to be from the thefts was recovered from their vehicle.  

ORIGINAL STORY

Multiple convenience stores were robbed Tuesday afternoon in Moorhead. Police say Casey's, Stop 'N' Go, and Orton's in south Moorhead were all hit... along with a business in Fargo around 3:30 p.m.

Valley News Live is talking with police officers in Moorhead, and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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