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2008-11-05 / Crime Watch

Take the pizza, but, please, leave the phone

CRIME WATCH

Food delivery continues to be a hazardous occupation in the area, as a couple of pizza-delivery workers found out recently.

One delivery man took his pizza from the Wadsworth Pizza Hut to a home in the 1000 block of Pineville Road at about 9:10 p.m. on Oct. 24. Two black males sitting on the front porch of the home came to him asking for change. One of them pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim's money. He gave them his tip money, then the suspects took the pizzas and the delivery man's cell phone from the rear seat of his car and rode away on bikes.

The delivery man chased after them in his vehicle, and when he caught up, he asked them to return his phone. They threw the phone on the ground and rode off. A short time later, responding police officers took one of the bike riders, a 15 year old, into custody. He has been charged with robbery and use or display of a firearm during a felony. The other suspect is still at large.

In a similar incident, at about 11:10 p.m. on Oct. 25, a man delivering pizza from the Belmont Pizza Hut to a residence in the 3900 block of Breezy Court in the Belfair Townhouses was met outside by one of several suspects. One suspect, a black male, took the pizza inside the house, and the delivery man followed to the porch so he could get payment for the order. The man then pushed the delivery man down the porch steps. Once he landed at the bottom of the stairs, he was beaten with a board by two other black male suspects. The suspects stole the pizza, money, electronics and other property from the victim.

Anyone with information about these crimes should call police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660, or text the code tip699 with the tip and send to 274637 (CRIMES). Tipsters may also visit www.crimesolvers.net to report information anonymously online.

In other crimes:

Beach Road. Between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Oct. 22, someone broke into a home in the 8400 block and stole clothing, guns, office equipment, electronics and other property.

Castlewood Road. Sometime between 3 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 27, someone broke into Gibson Industrial at Grindall Creek Park in the 4900 block and stole electronics and other property.

Clintwood Road. At about 11:20 p.m. on Oct. 25, a resident in the 3000 block opened his door in response to the doorbell to find a man standing in the doorway completely naked except for a pair of underwear he wore over his head. The naked man screamed, then ran away.

Ferndale Avenue. Between noon on Oct. 15 and 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26, someone stole welding lead from a trailer parked at a home in the 21800 block.

Fox Haven Lane. Sometime between 11 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 3 p.m. on Oct. 26, someone stole a GPS from a vehicle parked in the 15400 block.

Hopkins Road. Between noon on Oct. 25 and 11 p.m. on Oct. 26, someone broke into Adams Automotive in the 8400 block and stole property.

Hull Street Road. Sometime between 3:15 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 7:50 a.m. on Oct. 23, someone broke into a classroom trailer at Manchester Middle School in the 7400 block and stole electronics and other property.

Iron Bridge Parkway. Between 9 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 26, someone entered Primrose School, possibly through an unlocked door or window, and stole electronics. The school is under construction in the 6400 block.

Compiled by Gwen Sadler

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