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What it means

July 15, 2007

The terms

Strong-arm robbery is not an official charge in Maryland, but is a term commonly used to describe a robbery in which force is used but a weapon is not involved. A person who police believe committed such a crime is charged with robbery, a felony. Conviction carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison in Maryland.

Armed robbery involves a weapon such as a gun or a knife or the threat that such a weapon might be used. Armed robbery is a felony, and a conviction on the charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison in Maryland.

Who to contact

Anyone with information on a robbery may call the agency investigating the crime at the number listed below.

·Hagerstown Police Department - 301-790-3700

·Washington County Sheriff's Department - 301-791-3020

·Maryland State Police - 301-739-2101

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