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Fayetteville police investigating string of delivery driver robberies

Posted August 20, 2012

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— Fayetteville police are investigating whether a series of robberies targeting delivery drivers in recent months might be linked.

A weapon – either a knife or gun – was reportedly involved in each of the robberies, a Fayetteville police spokesman said.

The first robbery, involving a Domino's driver, happened June 28 at 2:11 a.m. in the 5300 block of Ramsey Street.

The others happened this month – two involving Papa John's drivers on Aug. 8 at 9:48 p.m. in the 5400 block of Wichita Drive and at 10:52 p.m. in the 2900 block of Raeford Road.

The next day, a driver for a Chinese restaurant was robbed at 9:50 p.m. in the 700 block of Perley Street.

The driver told WRAL News on Monday that he went to what appeared to be a vacant house and that a man in the driveway approached him and put a knife to his throat before taking $30 in cash, his cellphone and the food.

The final robbery, which involved a Domino's driver, happened Aug. 10 at 9:39 p.m. in the 700 block of Commerce Street.

Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-433-1856 or Crime Stoppers at 910-483- 8477.

Delivery Delivery drivers targeted in Fayetteville robberies

Police, meanwhile, are offering these tips for restaurant employees in light of the recent robberies:

- Record a name and telephone number of the customer and full delivery information (e.g., address, location, description of property).

- Confirm the order to eliminate suspicious or false orders. On suspicious calls, have the caller repeat the address on a confirmation call. If it is not exact, do not deliver.

- Make sure delivery drivers don't carry excessive cash and publicize it. Do not accept bills larger than $20, which eliminates drivers carrying excess money. Encourage drivers to leave personal funds at home.

- Limit the number of deliveries that drivers make on one trip. Excessive deliveries on one trip might mean that a driver has cash that can make him or her a target.

- Make sure each driver has a cellphone to call police in case of an emergency.

- Plan routes before leaving the store, and make sure drivers know where they’re going.

- Avoid known trouble areas. Do not deliver to intersections or the front or rear of buildings. Have an exact address or apartment number.

- Upon arrival, if the area does not look "right," leave immediately. Use common sense and obey instincts.

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  • murlgreen Aug 22, 2012

    I deliver for Papa Johns in another town, and some of these comments are ignorant. First off, most robberies catch drivers by surprise. Secondly, I always carry my pistol in my car. But if I am at a delivery what am I supposed to do if caught by surprise? Ask the robber, "Can you hold on a second while I go get my pistol?" The car toppers are affectionately known to drivers as "rob me" signs. Papa Johns mandates that we place these toppers on our cars, essentially shouting out to all that see us that we are available to be robbed without much risk. With all that said, I am extremely cautious on deliveries. I don't spend more than the minimum time out of the car. If someone is not home I leave the premises within 1 minute. It's still probably not enough, and it's only a matter of time before someone tries to rob me. But depending on the circumstances, I will attempt to make an example out of whomever dares to try and rob me.

  • kermit60 Aug 21, 2012

    Avoid known trouble areas? So they can be sued for discriminating? May sound laughable but you can bet that someone would try.

  • short-dogg Aug 21, 2012

    Delivery drivers need to arm themselves.

  • Bartmeister Aug 21, 2012

    It may take a few incidents, but after a couple of perps get blown away by a pizza delivery person, this too will subside. As it stands, they are too easy of a target for criminals to not pay attention to. They have money on them, food, and are typically by themselves and unarmed.

  • gunny462 Aug 20, 2012

    "It is one thing to find a way that the event could have possibly been avoided. It is quite another to literally blame the employee, often without even asking if they are okay. I've seen it happen more than once. It's a tough, demeaning way to make a living"

    I agree but in some of these cases they are receiving fictious orders for delivery to a house and robbed. Inwhich I think they would have been robbed anyway. What's pathetic is these crimes will escalate and someone will either be seriously injured or killed.

  • RowdyFriend Aug 17, 2012

    Unfortunately, the signs drivers place on top of their cars are a target for criminal opportunists. The big national pizza companies are well aware that these signs are dangerous. However, they are more concerned with advertising than protecting their drivers. One of the major pizza chains commissioned a study through Rutgers University years ago that studied trends in pizza delivery violence. The study's number one suggestion to avoid assaults or deaths....get rid of the car signs. Sadly, the companies usually try to find an aspect of criticism or blame toward the driver who gets robbed, as well as the store that gets robbed. It is one thing to find a way that the event could have possibly been avoided. It is quite another to literally blame the employee, often without even asking if they are okay. I've seen it happen more than once. It's a tough, demeaning way to make a living.

  • Just the facts mam Aug 17, 2012

    I was just reading about how pizza is delivered in Detroit. Two people go on the delivery, and one of the persons is legally armed. Unfortunately a young man delivered a pizza by himself and was shot in the chest. So now there is no more pizza delivery after dark in Detroit. Very sad state of affairs in America.