Abdullah Sirleaf, charged in six robberies, threatened employees with shotgun: feds

Credit: FBI

Federal prosecutors indicted a teenager on charges of stealing $8978 in a string of six hold-ups around Philadelphia, for which he now could face up to 107 years in prison.

Abdullah Sirleaf, 19, is accused of using a shotgun in one robbery and just a black handgun in the five other alleged robberies of varied businesses, which allegedly took place in quick succession around South and Southwest Philly over the summer of 2013, according to an indictment released by the office of U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger.

The indictment charges Sirleaf with using a weapon to rob the following businesses and taking the following amounts of money.

  • Metro Self Storage, 2240 Island Ave., on June 15, 2013 ($300)
  • Gulla’s Auto Tags & Insurance, 6301 Buist Ave. on June 17 ($5,200)
  • Sunoco, 2500 Island Ave., on June 21 ($331)
  • Kerr’s Building Materials, 1528 Washington Ave. on June 22 ($2,400)

  • 7-Eleven, 1337 S. 58th St. on June 28 ($100 and lottery tickets)
  • Papa John’s Pizza, 7 N. Landsdowne Ave, Landsdowne, Pa., on July 3 ($647)

If convicted, in addition to a maximum prison term of 107 years, Sirleaf could face up to five years of supervised release, a fine, an $1,100 special assessment, and restitution.


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