A Pennsylvania man accused of stealing $50 tried to flee in an unusual fashion, wearing a hospital gown and driving a motorized shopping scooter for an escape vehicle.
According to the Associated Press, Craig David Jr. tried to steal $50 from his ex-girlfriend at Walmart after just being released from the hospital. He tried to flee using a Walmart scooter for an escape vehicle but was caught and charged with robbery and disorderly conduct.
He was still wearing his hospital gown when he met his girlfriend who agreed to pay for his medication. Instead, police say David grabbed $50 from her and scooted away.
Many states define robbery as theft/larceny of property or money through the offender's use of physical force or fear against a victim.
In Pennslyvania, robbery is a felony charge which carries a risk of serious jail time. Under Pennsylvania criminal laws, robbery is defined as theft by the use of force. Generally this means taking something directly from a person. The alleged force may be slight, but with any coercion or threat when engaging in theft, you may be charged with the much more serious charge of robbery.
Store employees told police they witnessed the incident and saw David flee in a motorized shopping cart. An upcoming preliminary hearing is scheduled this month before District Judge Joseph George Jr.