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Criminal Law keyed to Dripps
Arizona v. Hicks
Citation:480 U.S. 321, 107 S.Ct. 1149, 94 L.Ed.2d 347.
On April 18, 1984, a bullet was fired through the floor of respondent’s apartment, striking a man in the apartment below. Police entered the respondent’s apartment to search for the shooter, other victims, and any weapons. Officers found and seized three weapons and a stocking-cap mask. During the search one officer, Officer Nelson, noticed two sets of expensive stereo components that seemed out of place. Suspecting that they were stolen, he moved some of the components in order to read and record the serial numbers. Officer Nelson then reported the serial numbers by phone to his headquarters at which time he learned they had been taken in an armed robbery. Officer Nelson seized the equipment immediately. It was later determined from serial numbers on the rest of the equipment that it was taken during the same robbery and a warrant was obtained and executed.
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