What Is the Difference Between Robbery and Burglary?

A man standing with his hands handcuffed behind him.

In early June, a LAPD officers shot a burglary suspect after a foot chase on the streets of Hollywood. According to the Los Angeles Times, prior to the shooting, police received a call about a burglary in progress on Paramount Drive in Hollywood.

When police responded to the call, they set up a perimeter around the area where the burglary was suspected of occurring. They were able to take two suspects into custody right away. However, a third suspect ignored their commands and fled.

Officers pursued the third suspect on foot. During the pursuit, police reported that the suspect pulled out a handgun. That is when officers shot the suspect. However, after being shot, the suspect continued to run. Reportedly, before the police finally captured the suspect, he unsuccessfully tried to carjack someone.

The third burglary suspect was hospitalized after he was taken into custody. According to the Los Angeles Times article, he was in stable condition following the incident.

How Are Burglary and Robbery Different?

In the case of the crimes committed during the events chronicled in the Los Angeles Times article mentioned above, the suspect who was shot allegedly committed both burglary and robbery. Burglary involves unlawfully entering a building with the intent to commit a crime (in most cases, theft or larceny). Robbery involves using force or the threat of violence to take property from a person or place. So, when the burglary suspect who was shot tried to carjack a motorist, that was considered attempted robbery.

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