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Robbery Abandoned After Victim Points to Police Station

Stupid, stupid criminals.

Just when you think they can't get any more stupid, they do. According to the Chicago Tribune, an unidentified student was walking along Clark Street when a trio of brilliant men attempted to get his attention by yelling "Yo!"

Wisely, the student continued to walk and turned on Hinman Avenue. The three wise men caught up to him and demanded that he hand over all of his money. One of them allegedly stated, "Empty your pockets or we'll shoot you!" He did not, however, brandish a gun, reports the Tribune.

The student calmly pointed out that they were standing right in front of the University Police Station and such a move would be unwise.

The wise men made their only wise decision of the night and fled. They have not yet been caught.

It also may have been wise to not pull the gun out, if the robber was actually armed.

Armed robbery is defined as someone is carrying a firearm while committing a robbery. This is a class X felony, the most serious kind. This class X carries up to a $25,000 fine and/or 6 to 30 years in prison.

However, because there is no evidence that the person actually had a gun, aggravated robbery is much more likely. That charge is robbery done by force or by threat of imminent use of force while indicating that the robber is armed.

The latter seems much more like what we had here. It is a Class 1 felony, which carries a lesser penalty of a fine of up to $25,000 and/or 4 to 15 years in prison.

Basic robbery, which is taking property by force or the threat of force is a Class 2 felony. This charge would be a possibility as well, if a lenient plea bargain was offered. The punishment here is also up to $25,000 in fines, and/or 3 to 7 years in prison.

By simply keeping the gun in their pocket, the robber may have saved themselves up to 15 years in prison, assuming of course they are caught. But hey, with brain power like this, it's only a matter of time.

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