On behalf of Anaya-McKedy, P.C. posted in Violent Crimes on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.
Oftentimes, we hear the terms robbery, burglary and theft used interchangeably. However, there are major differences among all three under Colorado law.
Burglary involves a person breaking into the dwelling place of another with the potential to inflict violence. Even if no one ends up being harmed and no property stolen, the person can be charged with first degree burglary, a felony with a mandatory sentence of 10 to 32 years in prison.
Theft deals with the taking of property of another, and in most cases can be resolved by “making the victim whole” through restitution, or paying the person back. However, auto theft or grand theft auto come with mandatory jail or prison time, but a skilled attorney might be able to negotiate a plea bargain to avoid this.
Finally, robbery is considered theft under threat of force or use of force against another person. Robbery charges can vary in severity depending on the type of force used. For example, if a dangerous weapon is used, the charges will be more severe.
Today it was reported that Colorado Springs police believe they have apprehended a suspect who could be responsible for at least three recent robberies in the area, which means that property was stolen under the threat of force or use of force.
In this case, the 20-year-old male suspect was charged with three Colorado Springs robberies. The most recent occurred at Fillmore Liquors at 810 East Fillmore Street on Saturday night around 8 p.m.; another occurred at the Circle K/Shell convenience store at 2930 N. Chestnut St. on April 4; and the third occurred at the Diamond Shamrock store at 3110 Sinton Rd. on April 23.
Police have said that they are investigating in effort to pin the man with more crimes as well. Because robbery is the most serious of the theft crimes, the man could face a harsh sentence if convicted.
Source: KKTV, “Cops Nab Man For Three Recent Robberies,” 5/2/2011.