The Dothan Police Department made a felony arrest after responding after responding to an assault complaint on April 8th at 900 Commons Drive. Officers arrived at the scene to find that a loss prevention employee at Belk’s department store had attempted to stop an unknown female who left the store with merchandise that had not been paid for. The store employee told investigators that the suspect hit her with a bag and then fled the scene in a silver passenger vehicle.
An alert officer spotted a vehicle fitting the description and pulled over Donna Lynn Simmons, 65, of Pinetree Drive. Simmons was arrested and taken into custody on third-degree robbery charges. A bond has been set at $15,000.
Third-degree robbery, also referred to as “Strong Arm Robbery”, is a Class “C” felony in the state of Alabama and is punishable by a minimum of one year in prison. This sentence can be expanded for repeat offenders.
A theft meeting either of the following conditions constitutes robbery in the third degree:
- Uses force against the person of the owner or any person present with intent to overcome his physical resistance or physical power of resistance; or
- Threatens the owner with imminent use of force with intent to compel compliance to the taking of or escaping with the property
If you or someone you know has been charged with robbery, it is important that you contact an experienced criminal attorney to handle your case. The attorneys of Boles Holmes White are experienced in a variety of legal matters and have a history of success in the courtroom. Schedule a consultation today.