Robbery

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A robbery at a convenience store.

A robbery is the act of stealing from a person using violence or by causing fear of violence. A person who commits robbery is known as a robber.

A person who steals without using violence or fear (such as stealing items from a store, or pickpocketing, or car theft), commits theft, not robbery.

In some US states, however, Simple Robbery refers to the knowing procurement of an item or items belonging to another by force but without “aggravating factors” such as violence or weapons.

Types of robbery[change | change source]

  • Armed robbery - Stealing from someone using a weapon.
  • Aggravated robbery - Stealing from someone using a deadly weapon, such as a gun.
  • Highway robbery - Often known as mugging, stealing from someone in a public place.
  • Carjacking - Stealing someones car, by force.

Notable robberies[change | change source]