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robbery n

pl: -ber·ies
[Anglo-French robberie roberie, from Old French, from rober to take something away from a person by force]
: the unlawful taking away of personal property from a person by violence or by threat of violence that causes fear
: larceny from the person or immediate presence of another by violence or threat of violence and with intent to steal

aggravated robbery
: robbery committed with aggravating factors (as use of a weapon, infliction of bodily injury, or use of an accomplice)

armed robbery
: robbery committed by a person armed with a dangerous or deadly weapon

simple robbery
: robbery that does not involve any aggravating factors

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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