String of Robberies in Maryland: Police Looking for Suspect
When people decide to steal from someone or someplace, it is usually a one-time deal. However, there are some situations when a person continues to steal. In most cases, they do so because they are motivated by money. In other cases, they continue to do it to make a statement. They may continue the theft spree until they are caught by police.
In March 2019, a man robbed five businesses in 10 days throughout Prince George’s County. Surveillance photos and videos showed that all robberies were committed by the same person. The robberies began on March 17 in Oxon Hill. The man went into a pizza restaurant, pulled out a gun and demanded money.
On March 23, the man continued the robberies. This time, he robbed a convenience store in Temple Hills. The man allegedly changed his clothes after committing the robbery, according to witnesses. The following day, the man robbed another pizza restaurant, this time on Temple Hill Road.
The robberies continued that week. On March 26, the man robbed a convenience store on Marlboro Pike in District Heights. The next day, the man allegedly robbed a pawn shop in Seat Pleasant. The man was photographed wearing a black and white scarf and an orange hat. Police have not located the man yet.
What is Considered Robbery in Maryland?
You might wonder what differentiates robbery from theft. There are several elements involved. Robbery involves the use of force or threat and must be done with the purpose of intending to deprive the owner of their property. When no force or threat is present, the crime is considered theft. If a person accidentally took an item without any intention of keeping it and depriving the property owner, then the person will likely be considered innocent, as long as the property is returned.
Armed robbery involves the use of a gun, knife or other weapon. Even giving someone a note stating that you have a gun is grounds to convict you of armed robbery.
Robbery is a felony punishable by 15-20 years in prison. Stealing a car, or carjacking, is punishable by up to 30 years in prison. A person may also be forced to pay restitution to the victim. This means giving back the stolen property or repaying them in some way.
Contact a Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
While there are no legal excuses to engage in theft, it is a crime motivated by just one factor: money. People tend to steal from individuals and businesses that have something they want. Robbery, however, is a serious form of theft that involves the use of force (with or without a weapon) and it is charged severely as well.
If you are facing robbery charges, you need aggressive representation on your side. The Columbia robbery and burglary attorneys at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can obtain the evidence needed to prove your innocence or at least negotiate with prosecutors. We have two offices in Maryland to serve you. Schedule a consultation by filling out the online form or calling (410) 774-5987.