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Name: People v. Thomas
Case #: B169300
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 4
Opinion Date: 11/01/2007

A purse snatch satisfies the force or fear element of robbery where the thief takes the purse from the victim with enough force to get it away from her. Appellant argued on appeal that the evidence was insufficient to support her conviction for robbery, and that she was only guilty of grand theft from the person. She contended that grabbing a purse from a victim with just enough force to get it away while she attempted to hold on to it, demonstrated grand theft from the person without additional threatening, scaring, harming, pushing, or otherwise confronting the victim physically. The appellate court rejected the argument, finding that the force used was sufficient for robbery. The jury was instructed on the lesser included offense of grand theft from the person, and must have rejected the theory that no more force was used than necessary to lift the purse from the victim’s person without resistance on her part.