Suspects wanted for targeting pizza delivery guys

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Police are warning folks in the delivery and service industry to take extra precautions when going to someone's home, especially if you deliver pizza.

Several suspects are on the loose after two pizza delivery guys were robbed at gunpoint. Both incidents occurred Sunday. The first one happened on Live Oak Street and the other on East 33rd Street.

The incidents appear to be a set-up. According to the police report, the pizza delivery guy was called to a house, but no one was home. Instead, three guys took his cash and phone then fled.

Our world is all about convenience, even for criminals. Instead of ordering your pizza, they'll just order their next victim. Savannah-Chatham Metro Police says pizza delivery robberies is a problem across the country.

"It's easy for the suspect to say 'Hey, I need a delivery' and then for that delivery person to be targeted by either someone who lives in the area or targeted by someone who ordered the pizza," said Cpl. Samantha Stephens, SCMPD crime prevention officer.

While police investigate whether the two cases are related, they are warning folks in the delivery and service industry to take extra precaution.

"If it looks strange, it probably is strange," said Cpl. Stephens.

In fact some delivery businesses avoid what they believe are constant "strange areas" of Savannah.

"Once you cross Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, it gets a little shady at nighttime, especially because we do nighttime delivery on bicycles," said Robert Craig, Vinnie Van Go-Go's.

Craig is one of the managers and has worked for Vinnie Van Go-Go's for more than ten years and says they've been lucky so far with pizza deliveries, but they aren't taking any chances.

"They never go with more than five dollars of change on them," said Craig.

Which is exactly what police recommend. Have the customer pay via credit card before it's delivered and call customers back to ensure it's legitimate. Often times, criminals will use a phone or a phone number that cannot be traced.

"If you can do a call back and get a good response, it should help you feel better about where you are going," said Cpl. Stephens.

Police are still looking for multiple suspects in Sunday's robberies. If you have any information call CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020.

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