An armed robbery occurred in a store in the central valley and the perpetrator of the robbery remains at large, as of the date of this posting. Las Vegas police are continuing to search for the suspect and have surveillance video footage of the individual, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The armed robbery took place at around 5:15 a.m. on September 20th at a business located at 2718 East Tropicana Avenue, according to Metropolitan Police Department dispatch logs.
This reported armed robbery is on the heels of another armed robber that took place on September 18th at a west valley business. Reports indicate that a man pointed a gun at an employee at the west valley business and demanded money, according to a news release Thursday from the Metropolitan Police Department.
Robbery a Common Crime in Nevada
According to public data, there were approximately 3,436 reports of robbery in Nevada. If that was not bad enough, the related criminal offenses of burglary and theft totaled nearly 40,000 reported incidents.
Overall Crime Rate in Las Vegas
The overall crime rate in Las Vegas is 30 percent higher than the national average, according to areavibes.com. For every 100,000 people, there are 9.76 daily crimes that occur in Las Vegas. This data translates to the disturbing fact that, in Las Vegas, you have a 1-in-29 chance of becoming a victim of a crime.
Robbery is a Serious Criminal Offense in Las Vegas
Getting charged with robbery in Las Vegas is quite serious. It is a Category B felony under Nevada Revised Statute 200.380. If you are convicted of a Category B felony, you could be ordered to serve between two and fifteen years in prison, along with a host of other penalties such as large monetary fines.
In addition, if you are convicted of armed robbery, it means you could be ordered to serve an additional one to fifteen years in prison. That prison sentence is on top of the aforementioned two to fifteen years of prison time for a robbery conviction. This is known as a “sentence enhancement.”
Basically, the Nevada legislature aimed to to deter the use of weapons during the commission of a crime by enhancing the penalties when someone is convicted of using a weapon during the commission of a crime. The only limitation on the judge’s ability to enhance a criminal sentence when a weapon is involved is that the additional sentence enhancement cannot exceed the original sentence.
For example, if you are sentenced to serve five years in jail for robbery, the maximum sentence enhancement you can receive for armed robbery is an additional five years.
Charged with Robbery or Armed Robbery in Las Vegas? Contact a Lawyer Right Away
If you or a family member has been arrested for either robbery or armed robbery, be ready for Las Vegas law enforcement and prosecutors to work diligently to try and convict you.
This is why you need an experienced and aggressive Las Vegas robbery defense lawyer on your side to help level the playing field. Contact LV Criminal Defense today.