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Name: People v. Gilbeaux
Case #: B157983
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 5
Opinion Date: 08/20/2003
Subsequent History: None

Defendant committed a robbery in a grocery store after closing time, and several store employees and two janitors who were not employed by the store but were regularly assigned to it by the cleaning company they worked for were present. The janitors and another store employee were bound and imprisoned in a storage room while a manager was forced to open the safe. The court held the evidence was sufficient to support robbery convictions of the two janitors. They were in constructive possession of the store’s money even though other employees with greater access to the store’s money were present and even though they were not employees of the store. (2-1 opinion).