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.

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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.

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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.

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The 32-year-old blamed the thefts on his addiction to methamphetamine, adding that he stole to support his habit, the complaint said.