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Cary Police Investigate Series Of Pizza Delivery Robberies

Posted June 12, 2005

— Cary police are trying to solve a series of pizza delivery robberies that left one person without sight in his left eye.

The first robbery occurred on August 7, 2004.

The robbery started with a phone call to the Pizza Hut on Maynard Road in Cary.

The caller used a cell phone and the name Smith to order pizzas that were delivered to an empty mobile home on Poplar Street.

When the pizza delivery driver got to the residence, he knocked several times. There was no answer.

As he was leaving the residence and walking back to his vehicle, three or four suspects attacked him and severely beat him.

At one point, the suspects kicked him in the head, which caused him to lose sight in his left eye.

Detective Stephan Lampert said five days later the suspects struck again with a different Pizza Hut.

"The means of opportunity are the same," Lampert said. "What they were looking for was some quick cash, and maybe the food, and get away clean."

The second call came from a payphone at the Eckerd Drug Store on the corner of Kildaire Farm and Maynard.

The suspects used the name Smith again and ordered pizzas from the Pizza Hut on High House Road.

The pizzas were to be delivered to a house on Flora McDonald Lane.

"Upon investigation we found out the house was vacant and put up for sale, as was the first one," Lampert said.

But unlike the first robbery, the suspects broke into the house and hid inside. Two drivers also made the second pizza delivery, which forced the suspects to change their plans.

The suspects took the pizzas and escaped through a back door. The pizza delivery drivers saw the suspects' vehicle, and their descriptions matched the surveillance video from the Eckerd Drug Store, where the call was made.

Police said the car is a late model Pontiac Grand Am with chrome wheels.

If you have any information about these incidents, please call the Cary Police Department at

(919)226-CRIME

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