Store robbery is a feature in the Grand Theft Auto series which involves the theft of money from selected stores or businesses in a city. Robbery of businesses have been a staple element of specific missions the series since the first game, but the ability to rob a business at any moment of the game was only introduced in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and resurfaced in Grand Theft Auto IV.
GTA Vice City
Store robberies were first implemented in GTA Vice City as a side activity that can be executed at any point of the game by entering specific stores in Vice City, and threatening their store attendants at gunpoint, by either aiming them with the aid of an auto-aim in the PC version with "Classic Control" or the console versions, or by pointing the crosshair at the attendant while using "Standard Control" in the PC version.
The longer the player aims their weapon at the store attendant, the more money is dropped on the counter for the player to pick up. However, for each drop, the player's wanted level is raised by one star, capping at a 3-star level; the amount of money the player may receive ranges from a low of less than $100 to a maximum of several thousand dollars, rewarding the player increasingly at the expense of being confronted by more aggressive law enforcement.
Robberies can only be performed at stores where store attendants donning brown uniforms are on duty; as such, attendants at restaurants like Well Stacked Pizza and North Point Mall food court outlets and Ammu-nation stores will not give the player anything in stick-ups. There are a total of 15 stores that can be robbed all over the city, and the act of robbing all 15 outlets (of any amount of money) is a requirement for attaining 100% completion. The stores' names, if available, and locations are as follows:
- All three hardware stores (Bunch of Tools, Tooled Up, and Screw This);
- Vice Point jeweler, just north from the Vice Point Well Stacked Pizza;
- Vice Point supermarket, between El Swanko Casa and the North Point Mall;
- Vice Point dispensary, just west from the Vice Point supermarket;
- Zip (ground floor counter) at the North Point Mall;
- Vinyl Countdown at the North Point Mall;
- Family Jewels at the North Point Mall;
- Ryton Aide in Little Haiti;
- Little Haiti laundromat;
- Cafe Robina in Little Havana.
- Little Havana deli, accross the street from the Little Havana VCPD.
- Downtown dispensary, just east from Rock City.
- Downtown jeweler, accross the road from the Downtown Well Stacked Pizza.
Store robbery in GTA IV is significantly simplified. Players no longer require to aim their firearm at a storeowner, but simply walk up to their counter's cash register and open the tray to obtain their cash; as a reprecussion, the player receives an instant wanted level. Often times, the amount stolen maxes out at several hundred dollars, making the business of robbing stores far less lucrative but still as risky as before.
Stores that can be robbed in GTA IV include: