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Chapter 11 discusses common robbery and specialized robbery and the criminal investigative techniques involved in solving them or prosecuting suspects. Analyze both of the robbery cases below and address the corresponding questions for one of them.

  • Three of the fifteen convenience stores in your community have been robbed within the last month, all between 11:00 p.m. and midnight. The suspect, who was captured on security videotape in two of the robberies but wears a ski mask over his face, is apparently responsible for the robberies. His modus operandi is to enter the store when it is empty, point a gun (revolver) at the clerk, and demand all the money in the cash register. The suspect speaks with a stutter and had difficulty speaking during one of the robberies. The clerks all said they smelled alcohol on the suspect.   
    • What criminal investigation actions should be taken?
    • What considerations should be noted for the perpetrator and the victims?
    • Is this case solvable? Should it be pursued? Why or why not?

 “Modus operandi is method of operation; robbers often repeat their MO, which can be useful in figuring out who committed a particular crime” (Becker & Dutelle, 2013, p.313). There are many different kinds of robbers from all different lines of  work, and each has there own motivate for committing the crime. Although, each jurisdiction has there own definition. “The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program defines robbery as the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear” (Robbery, 2010, para.1).

There are many different kinds of robberies, ATM robbery, Commercial Robberies, Residential robbery. Armed Robbery when a person carries a dangerous weapon, and causes harm to a victim. Aggravated robbery, when a robber causes harm to a victim by using force. Both are punishable by law. A prosecutor needs to find you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Depending on the severity of the robbery, can be a Class 1 or 2 felony. “In Wisconsin, a felony is defined as any criminal offense that is punishable by imprisonment in state prison, all other criminal offenses may be sentenced to confinement or placed on probation, and/or fined” (Carmichael, 2013, p.7). If under the age of seventeen you could be convicted as a adult. Depending on the state you could get anywhere from 4 to 15 years in prison, and a lesser crime probation. Street Robberies, “Robberies occur predominately on the street, there is little useful evidence available to responding officers” (Becker & Dutelle, 2013, p. 312).

Street robberies happen to certain individuals at a certain hour, second, or minute of a day, and they are distinguished, and in specific locations. Guns are the weapon robbers like to use although knives, clubs, brass knuckles, broken bottles have also been used.

The first is a street robbery that occurs especially over midnight. The offenders have been able to attempt and event complete several thefts within the last few day at the convenience store. The offenders have been using force to threaten the victims, the cash clerks at the stores. The offenders also seem to target certain victims. However, after arresting a stutter and under alcoholic influence suspect raises a point of concern. Researchers believe that the consumption of alcohol tends to intensify a perpetrator tendency to involve them in violence.

The alcohol influence link to crime has been rampant and calls for the use of alcohol and drug policies in dealing with the crime. The measures to for legal action will have to depend on the measure of the criminal violence (Bassiouni, 2008). The perpetrator is under influence of alcohol, which is a mind-altering substance.

In the first place, it is good to first to consider seriousness of the level of crime since and damages. It is also good to consider that the robbers are armed and they threaten the clerks using the guns to get money (Liem, 2011). Then the crime involves a case of armed robbery that calls for a maximum punishment by the law.  It is also necessary to understand that the crime might be as from the influence of getting money for alcohol or other drugs. The person under influence might cause more risk to the victims since he or she consumed a mind-altering substance.

This case is solvable and thus requires going to the next extent since it is a serious crime, and has been happening several times. It might be a planned syndicate determined to terrorize the community and thus pursuing it would be the appropriate option to ensure that we unearths all the issues.


Bassiouni, M. C. (2008). International criminal law. Leiden, The Netherlands: M. Nijhoff Publishers.

Becker, R. F. & Dutelle, A. W. (2013).Criminal investigation(4th ed.) Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Carmichael, C. D. (2013, January). Felony Sentencing and Probation - Wisconsin State ... Retrieved from legis.wisconsin.gov/.../55_Felony%20Sentencing%... Wisconsin Legislature

Liem, M. (2011). Handbook of European homicide research: Patterns, explanations and country studies. New York: Springer.

Robbery - FBI. (2010, September). Retrieved from https://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/.../robbery.html

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