snatch and run

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snatch and run (uncountable)

  1. (often attributively or figuratively) An unsophisticated method of committing robbery by grabbing someone's property and attempting to flee with it.
    • 1870, Alexander B[alloch] Grosart, “Essay Critical and Elucidatory on the Poetry of Lord Brooke”, in Alexander B. Grosart, editor, The Works in Verse and Prose Complete of the Right Honourable Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke: [] In Four Volumes, volume II, [s.l.]: Printed for private circulation, OCLC 770744165, page xiv:
      Your snatch-and-run Reader, your miserable compiler of 'Beauties' is a mere chattering ape.
    • [1893, Langdon W. Moore, “Once More in New York”, in Langdon W. Moore. His Own Story of His Eventful Life, Boston, Mass.: Langdon W. Moore, OCLC 21029492, page 513:
      [] I don't propose to stand by and see you, Jordan, and your friend take all the risk. Anybody can do what you ask him to do – go into that jewelry store, ask to look at some diamonds, and, when these are shown, make a snatch and run out of the store.]
    • 1922 November 17, Proceedings of the Casualty Actuarial Society, volume 9, number 19, New York, N.Y.: Casualty Actuarial Society, OCLC 223140979:
      [I]t was doubtful if even the 50% discount that has prevailed for several years could be continued in view of the increasing number of so-called “snatch and run” losses on grade floor premises—few, if any, of which are prevented by burglar alarm systems.
    • 1995, John C. Weaver, “The Enduring Circumstances of Violence and Theft”, in Crimes, Constables, and Courts: Order and Transgression in a Canadian City, 1816–1970, Montreal, Que.; Kingston, Ont.: McGill-Queen's University Press, →ISBN, page 242:
      One commonplace theft was the snatch-and-run perpetrated around the central business area by boys or young men. They stole newspapers, boots, pants, coats, shirts, and caps. The shops of the era were cluttered with goods and many had outdoor displays and items hanging from doorways.
    • 1996, Peacekeeping & International Relations, Toronto, Ont.: Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, ISSN 0381-4874, OCLC 184866146, page 9, column 1:
      A fine example of this type of situation can be drawn from the US experience in Somalia were locals had perfected the "snatch and run." Crowds of up to 300 thieves would swarm military vehicles, slowed by strategically placed roadblocks, and snatch both personal gear and weapons before disappearing into the crowd.
    • 2012, Kären Matison Hess; Christine Hess Orthmann; Henry Lim Cho, “Crime in the United States: Offenses, Offenders, Victims”, in Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, 10th edition, Clifton Park, N.Y.: Delmar/Cengage Learning, →ISBN, section I (The Evolution of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice), table 3.4 (Forms of Taking and Types of Theft), page 86:
      Till tap [] While store employee has cash drawer open, money is grabbed and the thief flees (snatch and run).

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