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Definition: Robbery is the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.

During A Robbery

  • The victim should attempt to remember the following precautions:
  • Remain calm and listen to the robber's demands. If you panic, you increase the possibility of violence.
  • Avoid making sudden movements.
  • Do not resist a robber's efforts to take your property.
  • Do not offer items that are not specifically requested.
  • Observe the suspect's physical description (i.e., sex, race, age and clothing worn.)
  • Without placing yourself in danger, attempt to notice the license plate number of the suspect's car, if one is seen.

After a Robbery Has Occurred

  • Go to a safe location as close as possible to the robbery scene and call 911.
  • Keep all witnesses at the scene until the police can interview them. If a witness has to leave, get their name, address and phone number.
  • Don't touch or move any evidence.
  • Write down a complete description of the suspect, weapon, if any, and vehicle used.
  • List all property taken, along with serial numbers when possible.