A person who steals money from a convenience store by claiming to have a gun under his shirt is guilty of robbery, or using a violent threat to take something that doesn't belong to him.

Whether a criminal wields a weapon or just threatens to hurt someone while stealing from that person, he is committing robbery. Robbery is different from burglary — breaking into a house or building to steal — because it involves a threat of danger to a person. Carjackings, stick-ups, and muggings are all different kinds of robbery.

Definitions of robbery

n larceny by threat of violence

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armed robbery, heist, holdup, stickup
robbery at gunpoint
caper, job
a crime (especially a robbery)
dacoity, dakoity
robbery by a gang of armed dacoits
heist, rip-off
the act of stealing
highjacking, hijacking
robbery of a traveller or vehicle in transit or seizing control of a vehicle by the use of force
highway robbery
robbery of travellers on or near a public road
the act of robbing a helpless person
buccaneering, piracy
hijacking on the high seas or in similar contexts; taking a ship or plane away from the control of those who are legally entitled to it
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larceny, stealing, theft, thievery, thieving
the act of taking something from someone unlawfully

n plundering during riots or in wartime

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pillage, pillaging, plundering
the act of stealing valuable things from a place

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