A 31-year-old man from Philadelphia who was accused of robbery on Nov. 7 reportedly waived the charges against him on Dec. 23. The man was one of two men who were accused by Upper Allen Township Police of robbing an apartment and holding the residents at gunpoint.
Police officers stated that the man and his accomplice were in the process of robbing an apartment on Dec. 5 when several of the residents returned. They were then held at gunpoint for approximately 30 minutes. The alleged robbers forced them to call the remaining residents back home. They were also held at gunpoint until the two individuals were finished robbing the apartment.
The man was identified by police, who issued a warrant on Dec. 12. He was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service in Philadelphia the following day. Property that was allegedly stolen was found when he was taken into custody. He was charged with felony robbery, theft by unlawful taking, terroristic threats, conspiracy to robbery and misdemeanor simple assault. He was transported to Cumberland County Prison on $500,000 cash bail and has a formal arraignment scheduled for March 13.
Those who are found with stolen property may face serious consequences, including a prison sentence, hefty fines and probation. Depending upon particular factors in the case, an attorney may be able to help their client reduce the sentence or avoid certain consequences altogether. For example, if the prosecution has strong evidence against their client, the attorney may be able to negotiate in order to have the sentence reduced. If the client is eligible, they may be able to obtain an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition outcome, which would keep the client out of jail and would eventually allow them to clear their record.
Source: The Sentinel, "Philly man charged in armed robbery heads to trial", Andrew Carr, December 23, 2013