July 29, 2010 By Wallin & Klarich

It was recently reported in the OC Register that the so-called “ho hum bandit” is alleged to have robbed an Orange County Bank. The “ho hum bandit,” nicknamed for having bland features, is suspected of robbing five San Diego banks. In the latest alleged incident, the robbery occurred in Corona Del Mar. The man gave a teller at the bank a note that demanded money. He received the money and left. Investigations are ongoing.
In California, robbery is the taking of property from another person by the use of force or intimidation. The type of fear needed is fear of injury to the victim, the victim’s family, or someone situated nearby the victim. It also includes fear of injury to any property of any of those people. There are different types of robberies. Robbery of the first degree is punishable by up to nine years in prison. Robbery of the second degree is punishable by up to five years in state prison. Robbery also qualifies as a strike within the meaning of California’s Three Strikes Law.

The prosecution can also charge the “ho hum bandit” with burglary. Under California Penal Code Section 459, burglary is committed when a person who enters a building with the intent to commit a felony. Being convicted of burglary can be punishable by imprisonment in state prison for up to six years and is also considered a strike under the California Three Strikes Law.

If you or a loved one is facing a charge of robbery or burglary, it is important that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Wallin & Klarich, our Orange County theft attorneys have over 30 years of experience. We will help you fight the charges and guide you through the criminal court process. Call us today at (888) 280-6839 or contact us through our website at www.wklaw.com. We will be there when you call.

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