Doesn't "rob" imply the use of force or violence, which is unlike "steal", which is mostly done secretly?It may have arisen from confusion with correct 'If you are robbed'. You rob a person or a house, you steal a wallet or a phone. So a person is robbed, but a thing like a phone is stolen.
Yes. According to English common law, robbery is defined as taking the property of another, with the intent to permanently deprive the person of that property, by means of force or fear; that is, it is a larceny or theft accompanied by assault.Doesn't "rob" imply the use of force or violence...?