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Gas station's daily customer faces robbery and theft charges

Theft is the act of taking another person's property with the intention of depriving the victim of that property. Orlando, Florida, readers may be interested to learn the differences between some of the different types of theft such as burglary and robbery. Burglary refers to entering someone else's property and taking something inside that property, while robbery is the act of taking someone else's property with the use of force or weapon.

Theft charges vary. For example, a person accused of shoplifting may face petty theft charge while a person accused of stealing a car can be charged with grand theft.

In the nearby area of Brevard County, Florida, a 68-year-old man, a regular customer of a gas station, was accused of robbing that gas station. Based on a report, the accused person wore a sheet over his head when he entered the gas station. The accused person was displaying a handgun and demanded money. He allegedly took an undisclosed amount and fled the scene of the crime.

Police arrived at the scene and took witnesses' accounts. According to the employees, they know the accused person even though he tried to conceal his identity. Employees stated that they recognized the accused person by his voice and clothing. After obtaining a search warrant, police went to the accused person's house and arrested him. The man was charged with battery, aggravated assault and armed robbery with a firearm.

Readers dealing with similar charges need to understand that they may be able to prove their innocence by crafting a strong criminal defense. With legal assistance, the accused person may increase the chance of getting reduced charges or the case dismissed. It is important for an accused person to first determine the type of charge and then search for legal options that can bring positive result.

Source: Space Coast Daily, "Sheriff's agents arrest armed robbery suspect," Sept. 28, 2014

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