There’s a difference between burglary/larceny and robbery, guys.

The paper: Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Headline: “Two men arrested in connection with Green Top robbery“.


The story:

One man from Washington and another from Maryland have been arrested in connection with the June 13 burglary of Green Top Sporting Goods in which 34 handguns were stolen.

The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael A. Henderson, 21, of Bowie, Md., and Leon E. Waddy, 21, of Washington on charges of burglary, grand larceny, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy.

Henderson is being held in federal detention in Maryland and Waddy is in federal custody in Washington, police said. Both could face additional federal charges.

The break-in occurred early in the morning at Green Top, at 10193 Washington Highway, just north of Virginia Center Commons.

About 12:30 a.m., surveillance video showed two robbers wearing dark clothing that covered most of their bodies smashing into glass cases at the front of the store and stealing 34 semi-automatic handguns of various calibers.

Deputies arrived three minutes after the alarm went off, but the thieves were gone, a spokesman for the Hanover Sheriff’s Office said.

Robbery, as defined by Black Law’s Dictionary, 3rd pocket ed., p. 627, is “[t]he illegal taking of property from the person of another, or in the person’s presence, by violence or intimidation” [emphasis mine], e.g., someone sticks a gun in your face and demands your wallet.

Burglary, is “[t]he modern statutory offense of breaking and entering any building […] with the intent to commit a felony” (Id., p. 83), e.g., I smash the window on your house or other structure and enter with the intent to steal stuff with the value of over $200 (the theft of less than $200 is a misdemeanor in Virginia).

Larceny, is “[t]he unlawful taking and carrying away of someone else’s personal property with the intent to deprive the possessor of it permanently” (Id., p. 408), e.g., I steal your pencil with the intent to keep it for myself.

These guys are (accused) burglars and larcenizers (or whatever), but they are not “robbers”.

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