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Teen charged by feds in armed robbery spree

A Philadelphia teen faces 107 years in prison if found guilty of committing a string of armed robberies. 

Abdullah Sirleaf, 19, was charged by a federal grand jury today with holding up six businesses in less than a month in 2013.

The spree began June 15 at Metro Self Storage, on the 2200 block of Island Ave., where prosecutors said a man pulled a handgun on an employee and fled with $300. Two days later, a man matching the same description robbed Gulla’s Auto Tag and Insurance on the 6300 block of Buist Ave. and escaped with $5,200, according to the indictment.

On June 21, an employee of the Sunoco gas station at 2500 Island Ave. handed $331 over to a bandit; June 22, the armed man took $2,400 from Kerrs Building Materials at 15th and Washington Ave.; June 28, the gunman fled with  $100 and lottery tickets from a a 7-Eleven on the 1300 block of S. 58th St. and on July 3, the bandit took $647 from Papa John’s Pizza on N. Lansdowne Ave. in Lansdowne, according to the indictment.

Contact Sam Wood at 215-854-2796 or Follow @samwoodiii on Twitter.

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