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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Allen
Arizona v. Hicks
Citation:480 U.S. 321 (1987).
A bullet was fired through the Respondent’s apartment floor, hitting, and injuring the man in the apartment below. Police officers entered the Respondent’s apartment to look for the shooter, other victims, and for weapons. They discovered and seized three weapons including a sawed-off rifle. They also discovered a stocking-cap mask. One of the police officers also noticed two sets of expensive looking stereo components, which were seemingly out of place in the otherwise squalid apartment. Suspecting they were stolen, the officer moved some of the components to read and record their serial numbers. Based on these numbers, it was later discovered that they had been taken in an armed robbery and so the officer seized the stereos immediately. The Respondent was then indicted for the robbery.
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