Posted on: August 25, 2008 at 9:43 a.m.
Melrose Avenue, known more for high-fashion and shopping than for crime sprees, has seen a spate of robberies that have puzzled police. On August 22nd, a street side robbery occured for the 8th time such a crime has occured since August 8th. These crimes have usually been muggings, with theives approaching people in the evening as they walked to their cars or simply on the street. While armed robbery is reported as being down 18% since 2007, these armed robberies have terrorized shoppers and community members of late.
For clarity, a person who breaks into a home, business or locked car to steal is committing burglary. A person who steals from another person directly by force (like a purse snatch) or fear (threats or by using a weapon) is committing a robbery. Certain types of robbery have been singled out for stiffer penalties on the basis of where they occur (e.g., inside a home, near an ATM, etc.) or the status of the victim (e.g., taxi cab drivers) pursuant to California Penal Code
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