HOUSE ROBBED WHILE FAMILY AT MOVIE
Cordite, Ca. – The home of I. Will Fillemfullalead on Glock Circle in Cordite was robbed last night between the hours of 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. while the family was away enjoying a movie at a local theater. Robbers gained entry by kicking in the kitchen door and then took nearly everything from the home, including a goldfish named Pegleg, leaving the Fillemfullaleads with very little. The Red Cross has offered their assistance—blankets, water, food, and a loaner fish until they’re able to get a new one.
“When we got home, we saw that our house had been robbed. They took everything, right down to the kids’ handguns and reloading kits,” said Mrs. Fillemfullalead. “I hope the police catch them before we do, or there’ll never be a trial.”
Police spokesperson, Captain I. M. Overwait said investigators questioned a potential witness, a Mr. Kayne West of Blowhard Lane, who saw two masked men flee the area. West expressed his anger that the robbers chose the Fillemfullalead house over Beyonce’s. “Y’all know Beyonce deserved to be robbed more than these chumps,” West said to investigators.
Okay, how many times have you seen headlines similar to the ones above? Too many times if you ask me, because a house cannot be robbed. No way, no how. The definition of a robbery is this – To take something (property) from a person by force, violence, or threat.
From a PERSON. Not from an inanimate object. From a PERSON. Not a building. Not a car. Not a shed. Not an office. Not a dog house. Not a cardboard box.
From a P.E.R.S.O.N.
You cannot threaten a house or business. Nope, there has to be a human person present to constitute a robbery. And he/she must have felt threatened and/or intimidated by the robber when the goods were taken. Otherwise, a home or business has been burglarized (NOT robbed), and their property stolen (NOT robbed).
Therefore, the Fillemfullalead’s home was burglarized and their belongings stolen by the burglars.
Burglary – To break and enter a building illegally with the intention of committing a crime, such as stealing the things inside.
Please, keep this in mind when writing your stories.