Trader Joe’s Robbery – California Penal Code Section 211

By: Wallin & Klarich

It was recently reported in the L.A. Times, a Trader Joe’s was robbed by two men. In an attempt to fend off the two robbers, the store clerk hit one of the robbers with a wine bottle. The other armed robber then shot the clerk in the leg. The two robbers fled the store in a car driven by a third person. All three are still at large.

Under California Penal Code Section 211, robbery is defined as an illegal taking of personal property in the possession of another by means of force or fear. The felony is then divided into two degrees. Robberies of the first degree are punishable of up to nine years when the robbery is committed against any vehicles used for transportation or in an inhabited building. All other robberies are of the second degree, which are punishable of up to five years. In addition, robberies are considered as a strike under the California Three Strikes law, which may lead to life imprisonment. Armed robberies will enhance the punishment of the crime by an additional one year in state prison.

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