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Friday, January 15, 2010
California Penal Code Section 211 defines robbery as "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." The fear may be either that of an unlawful injury to the person or property of the person robbed or of any relative of his or member of his family; OR the fear of an immediate and unlawful injury to the person or property of anyone in the company of the person robbed at the time of the robbery.
Because the U.S. Bank teller was held at gunpoint, he/she was most likely placed in fear of his/her life, thereby constituting a robbery. When no force or fear is involved in the taking of personal property, it is simply a theft, carrying a less serious punishment.
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