5 Responding to a question from Detective Smith Robin denied any involvement in

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5. Responding to a question from Detective Smith, Robin denied any involvement in the December 17 robbery. Robin indicated that Robin had been in the nearby Village of Briarcliff around the time of the robbery. Robin expressed interest in helping Detective Smith solve the crime. Robin told Detective Smith that if Robin heard anything, Robin would contact Detective Smith immediately. Detective Smith then left the Berkman apartment to continue the investigation. Despite Robin's denial of any involvement, Detective Smith believed that Robin was involved. Detective Smith learned that Robin had been charged as a youth with “tagging” buildings in Wilmington with spray paint. The matter was handled in the Dover County Youth Court, where Robin was required to perform 250 hours of community service. One of the buildings Robin tagged was next door to the convenience store robbed on December 17. Therefore, the detective continued to investigate the December 17 robbery with an emphasis upon Robin Berkman as the primary perpetrator. This continued investigation included interviewing many of Robin's friends, co-workers and acquaintances. 6. Robin, in an effort to assist Detective Smith with the investigation, began regularly contacting the detective with information that Robin believed pertinent. Sometimes Robin would call Detective Smith on Robin’s cell phone (Detective Smith had provided Detective Smith’s business card to Robin), and on other occasions, Robin would show up at the DCSD offices to speak with Detective Smith. It became somewhat of a running joke among the detectives at the DCSD that Detective Smith had a “Junior Detective” helping Detective Smith investigat e the convenience store robbery. On one of the occasions when Robin met with Detective
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2016-2017 Mock Trial Case Final Version with 2/7/2017 edits 51 Smith at the DCSD offices, Robin reportedly provided Detective Smith with information which allegedly was not publicly available. That information included the type of weapon used and the specific pieces of jewelry taken from the convenience store owner during the robbery. 7. This allegedly undisclosed information, coupled with Robin's continuing efforts to assist in the investigation, caused Detective Smith to believe even more strongly that Robin Berkman was the perpetrator of the December 17 robbery. Although Robin did not have a police record, other than the tagging incidents for which Robin received 250 hours of community service, Detective Smith believed that with a little more investigating, there would be sufficient information to arrest Robin. Critically, the weapon was never recovered, nor was any evidence found connecting Robin to the robbery. During one of Robin's many visits to the DCSD offices, Robin was asked for and gave a DNA sample to Detective Smith, presumably in an effort to rule out Robin as a possible suspect. Berkman’s DNA was not found at the scene.
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