Ask a Cop: Can I get in trouble for filming a robbery

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: I got a “what if?” kind of question. My friends and I want to make a cool video that may or may not involve a little mischief and sort of stealing some stuff. We would eventually return everything, but my question is, if I am just involved in the filming and production of the video, can I get in trouble for this?

A: This is a tough answer without having specific details of what you are planning, so I can only give a general answer. So “generally speaking,” yes, you could get in trouble and possibly arrested if you had prior knowledge of a crime and was a willing participant to witness the crime being the “photographer.” Criminal mischief is against the law and you just can’t “sort of steal something.”

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