Man charged in 2 Oakland Co. bank robberies

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A 20-year-old man has been charged in the robbery of two Oakland County banks, officials said Thursday.

Jeffrey Ethan Able, a former resident of Commerce Township, has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, a crime punishable by up to life in prison, according to authorities.

He was arraigned in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills on charges stemming from a credit union robbery in Rochester. A judge set his bond at $1 million.

He was also arraigned in 46th District Court in Southfield on a charges stemming from a robbery in Lathrup Village. A judge set his bond at $750,000 cash.

Able is lodged at the Oakland County Jail, police said.

Police said Able is accused of robbing the Alliance Catholic Credit Union at 912 North Main in Rochester at 2:19 a.m. on July 23. 

The suspect in the robbery passed a bank teller a note demanding money and implied he had a gun, Rochester Police said. He left the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

He is also accused of robbing the TCF Bank at 17535 12 Mile in Lathrup Village at 2 p.m. on Aug. 8. Officials said the suspect also passed a teller a note demanding money. He again, implied he had a gun and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Rochester Police officials said investigators received an anonymous tip identifying Able as the suspect after surveillance photos were released to the media by the Lathrup Village Police Department.

Members of the Oakland County Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested Able at 9 a.m. Aug. 14 in the area of Highland Road and Milford Road in Highland Township, officials said.

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