MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man accused of using a machete in a string of Target store robberies has been charged in Ramsey County Court.
Thirty-two-year-old Abdikadir Ayanle Ali was charged on Tuesday with four counts of first-degree aggravated robbery.READ MORE: 'I Feel Like It's Worse': Parts Of South Minneapolis Still Plagued By Needle Littering
According to the criminal complaint, the Minneapolis man used a machete to remove security straps from thousands of dollars of merchandise at Target stores throughout St. Paul.
Surveillance video from the various thefts helped authorities identify and arrest Ali.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine For Younger Kids 'Would Be Absolute Relief' For Families With Immunocompromised Members
According to the criminal complaint, Ali confessed that he had “hit” the Midway Target at least ten times, in addition to the Targets in Highland, the Midway Walmart, a TJ Maxx, and others.
Ali went on to tell police that he stole the machete from Walmart with the intention to “intimidate” anyone who confronted him.MORE NEWS: How Did Pumpkin Spice Become The Flavor Of Fall?
The 32-year-old blamed the thefts on his addiction to methamphetamine, adding that he stole to support his habit, the complaint said.