Differences between burglary and robbery

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By The Staff

I would like to clear the air and inform you the difference in the crimes of burglary and robbery. At times the Levy County Sheriff's Office receives a call from a complainant stating that have been robbed when they had the unfortunate incident of being a victim of burglary.

In 2007 Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a State report that the Levy County Sheriff's Office seen a reduction in robberies by 40 percent and burglary and theft were also down by 21 percent.

Below are definitions of what constitutes the elements of robbery and burglary.

Robbery Florida State Statute 812.13: Means the taking of money or other property which may be subject of larceny from the person or custody of another with the intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person of property. In the course of committing a robbery with the use a firearm or other deadly weapon, then the robbery is a felony of the first degree and punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life.

Burglary Florida State Statute 810.02: Means entering or remaining in a dwelling, structure or conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein. A dwelling is defined as any building of any kind either temporary or permanent which has a roof over it. A Structure is any building of any kind including any attached porch. Conveyance is any motor vehicle, vessel, railroad vehicle or car, trailer and aircraft. To enter a conveyance is taking apart any portion of the conveyance.

Burglary is a felony of the first degree punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life during the course the suspect commits the following:

* Makes an assault or battery upon the any person.

* Is or becomes armed within the dwelling, structure or conveyance.

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