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String of Robberies Reported in Jonesboro

Posted by Richard Lawson | Sep 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Clayton County Courthouse

Jonesboro, Ga. - Police Officers with the Clayton County Sheriff's Office have arrested a suspect who has been accused of robbing three different businesses in the same day.

Robberies were reported a two restaurants as well as a pharmacy - all on Tara Boulevard. The same suspect also allegedly attempted another robbery at a gas station on Georgia 85. An officer saw a man matching the suspect's description and arrested him without incident.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the criminal offense of robbery as it is defined in the state of Georgia.

Robbery in Georgia

Robbery in Georgia is defined by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. §16-8-40 as:

A person commits robbery when they take property from another person or the immediate presence of another person with the intent to commit theft.

There are technically three ways that a robbery can be carried out. Through use of force, through intimidation, threat, or placing the other person in fear of immediate serious bodily injury to himself or another, or by sudden snatching.

Robbery is classified as a felony in Georgia. The penalties can include a prison sentence for a period of one to twenty years. However the consequences for robbing a person aged 65 or older increases the prison term to no less than five years and no more than twenty.

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