Robbery involves the offender taking or attempting to take something of value from a victim, usually the property owner or custodian, by the use of force or threat of force (the victim must be present). If there is no direct confrontation and the victim is not in fear of immediate harm, Prince George’s County Police reports the incident as an Extortion.
Though direct confrontation occurs in pocket-pickings or purse-snatchings, force or threat of force is absent. However, if during a purse-snatching or other such crime, the offender uses force or threat of force to overcome the active resistance of the victim, Prince George’s County Police reports the offense as Robbery.
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