Cops probe pizza robberies
WARREN – City police are investigating a string of robberies against local pizza delivery drivers, including one as recent as Wednesday night.
According to Warren police reports, there have been at least four robberies involving pizza delivery personnel since late February.
John Patterson, 26, of Comstock Street N.W., who works for Pizza Hut on Mahoning Avenue, told police he was delivering three pizzas to 1030 Maston St. N.W. around midnight Wednesday when he was robbed at gunpoint.
He told police that he saw three individuals on the front porch. He got out of his vehicle and took the pizza order to the trio. One of the individuals pointed a gun at him while the other two grabbed the pizza and money from his pants, the police report states. They then ran.
Police searched for two men and one woman in that robbery.
On May 10, Robert C. Mullins, 28, of Lexington N.W., reported being attacked by a group of people when he tried to deliver pizza to 1352 Southern Blvd. about 11:45 p.m., also for Pizza Hut on Mahoning Avenue.
Police reports state he was robbed of pizza, wings, soda, a pre-paid cell phone and $61.28. The police report indicated he suffered an apparent minor injury.
Scott Gilbert, 38, of Warren, who works for the Domino’s Pizza on Mahoning Avenue in Champion, told Warren police he was robbed while delivering pizza to 229 Porter St. N.E. on March 4.
According to a police report, Gilbert said he drove to the back of the residence, which is where the order stated he was to go, around10:45 p.m. A man and woman were sitting on the stairs of the residence, according to the report.
Gilbert told police that after he confirmed they ordered a pizza, he started toward them, which is when a third person stuck a pistol in his back, ordered him to the ground and to hand over his money.
Gilbert told police that as he complied, he observed the muzzle of a weapon near his head and described it as being a “silencer.”
Gilbert said that from the ground, he handed the gunman what money he had, while the man and woman from the steps took the warmer pack containing two pizzas and an order of wings. Gilbert watched the three run east through the backyards, the police report stated.
Police said they converged in the area of the reported robbery but did not find anyone.
Feb. 26, a Pizza Hut delivery man reported that two men robbed him at gunpoint while he was trying to deliver pizza on Scott Street N.E.
Daniel R. Beauchene, 19, of Warren, told police he drove from Pizza Hut on Mahoning Avenue to 444 Scott St. N.E. at about 10:30 p.m. Beauchene told police he went to the side door where the address is, and as he was about to knock, two men wearing what appeared to be masks approached. One pointed a handgun at him and one of the men said, ”Drop everything,” and “Pull out the money.”
Beauchene told police he dropped the pizza boxes and pulled out about $20. The robbers took the food and money, and ran south through the yards, the police report states.
Beauchene told police he drove back to Pizza Hut and used his cell phone to call his boss.Police reported checking the area but said they were unable to find any suspects.
Police said the recovered a Pizza Hut receipt on the ground outside the 444 Scott St. N.E. address.