What Is Robbery?

Whenever force, or the threat of force, coincides with taking property or attempting to take property from another person, a robbery allegation can be made.

According to the Criminal Code of Canada, one commits robbery in the following circumstances:

  • steals, and for the purpose of extorting whatever is stolen or to prevent or overcome resistance to the stealing, uses violence or threats of violence to a person or property;
  • steals from any person and, at the time he steals or immediately before or immediately thereafter, wounds, beats, strikes or uses any personal violence to that person;
  • assaults any person with intent to steal from him; or
  • steals from any person while armed with an offensive weapon or imitation thereof


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