Difference between 'stolen' and 'robbed'.

Sun 22 Jan, 2017 09:27 am
@Thomas Falater,
Thomas Falater wrote:

A little off topic but people misusing the words burglary and robbery has always bugged me.

You can't rob a house. You burgle a house. And when you're caught, you're charged with burglary. Burglary is to enter a dwelling or private property with the intent to commit a felony therein. If you simply break into a house because it's cold outside and you want a warm place to sleep, you are charged with breaking and entering. If you steal something worth over $250 while you're there, it's burglary. Shoplifters can also be charged with burglary if it can be proven that they entered the store with the intent to commit a felony. (if they had secret pockets in their jacket for example).

You can only rob a person or a business or bank that is open. If you went to the bank at night and broke in and stole things, it's burglary. If you went to the bank during the day and put a gun to the teller's face, it's robbery.

Robbed is typically used when referring to taking something through the use of force or threat of force or intimidation. But it's also used to describe having something stolen or swindled from your person or assets. "I was robbed at the grocery store, they over charged me." "That stock dealer robbed me blind, he sold me worthless stock." - Thomas Falater, Springfield, Illinois

Take it from me...Having arrested and charged many dirtbags, the above is the correct definition in the U.S.
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Mon 30 Jan, 2017 03:53 pm
i think stolen used when force is used. E.g. He was robbed at knifepoint.
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abdallah hafez
Sat 14 Apr, 2018 06:57 am
Rob and steal both mean ‘take something from someone without permission’.

Rob focuses on the place or person from which the thing is taken
Steal focuses on the thing that is taken:
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Sat 25 Aug, 2018 04:23 pm
lisa121 wrote:

oh, I have been wondering about these words for a long time, thanks for explaining. thanks for sharing.

This post made me think of McT. May he RIP!!
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Sat 25 Aug, 2018 08:47 pm
He left his cellphone on the table and went to the restroom. When he returned, his watch was gone. In this case, I would use "His watch was stolen".

More in the realm of legerdemain.

Unless his watch eloped with his cell-phone.

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Sun 30 Sep, 2018 08:46 am
Clear to me!
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Mon 1 Oct, 2018 05:37 am
Could 'rob' be more to a stranger and 'steal' more to a person who is known?
Mon 1 Oct, 2018 05:39 am
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Sat 13 Oct, 2018 01:36 am
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