Now that students are back in school, Police are warning students of Maryvale High School in West Phoenix to be extra cautious of thieves when walking to and from school and encouraging students to walk in groups, as thieves are more likely to approach a person walking alone. According to Phoenix Police, Maryvale High School students have been the target of nearly twenty (20) robberies since January. Police believe there are two (2) to six (6) thieves between the ages of sixteen (16) and twenty (20) involved in these robberies. The thieves target both girls and boys and have stolen mostly jewelry from their victims. Officers are asking anyone with information about these robberies to contact the Phoenix Police Department.
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1902, “A person commits robbery if in the course of taking any property of another from his person or immediate presence and against his will, such person threatens or uses force against any person with intent either to coerce surrender of property or to prevent resistance to such person taking or retaining property.”
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-1903, “A person commits aggravated robbery if in the course of committing robbery. . . such person is aided by one or more accomplices actually present.”
Finally, according to Arizona Revised Statute § 1904, “A person commits armed robbery if, in the course of committing robbery . . .such person or an accomplice:(1) Is armed with a deadly weapon or a simulated deadly weapon; or (2) Uses or threatens to use a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument or a simulated deadly weapon.”
In Arizona, depending on the circumstances of the crime, robbery may be charged as a Class 2, Class 3, or Class 4 Felony punishable by a minimum of one (1) year in prison to a maximum of twenty-one (21) years in prison. Penalties for robbery may also include restitution, fees, and fines.
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