Pizza Robberies Force Delivery Restrictions

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

January 2, 2006

Two pizza delivery drivers have been robbed in just two weeks. Now some pizza store owners are thinking about stopping deliveries to certain neighborhoods.

On Saturday a driver with the Papa John's on Long Street was robbed by a masked gunman while delivering in the Wilton Farms apartment complex. He escaped unharmed, but the episode has forced the store's owner to limit deliveries to before 5 p.m. Resident Lavonia Pridget thinks it's unfortunate.

"It's sad but sometimes more that one person has to suffer the consequences for one person's actions," said Pridget.

Saturday's incident comes on the heels of another robbery along Prospect Avenue. A Domino's pizza driver was robbed by a gang of men.

"There were no armed weapons involved however they did harass him and throw him around a little bit," said Heather Conrad of Domino?s Pizza.

Since the robbery, Domino's Operations Trainer Heather Conrad says they've encouraged drivers to be more cautious. Now they're required to call customers back to verify orders. So far, they have not put restrictions on where they deliver, but she says it's not out of the question.

"We want to make sure that we make those deliveries safely, and so if there is enough of a basis to restrict that than so be it," said Conrad.

"Nobody wants to give up their life just to deliver a pizza," said Pridget.

The owners of both stores say the robberies are the first in a very long time and they seem to be isolated. However, if more keep happening, more safety measures will be taken.

Police don't think the two robberies are linked. Right now, there are no suspects.

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