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Thief steals pizza, delivery car

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Thursday, January 3, 2019

A 22-year-old Domino’s Pizza delivery driver was not only robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night but had his vehicle stolen as well.

The incident happened about 11 p.m. New Year’s Day on the 1400 block of Gay Street, Sgt. Brad Summerlin of the Rocky Mount Police Department said Wednesday.

The driver tried to deliver a pizza to the address that was called in but the address address turned out to be false, Summerlin said. After the driver called the number given for the order, he was directed to another location on Gay Street.

As the driver exited his car at the new delivery location, he was reportedly accosted by a black man, roughly 5-feet, 5-inches tall, wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. The suspect wielded a handgun and demanded cash from the victim. He then took off with the pizza, the cash, the car, a cell phone and the contents of the victim’s wallet. 

The vehicle is described as a black 2017 Nissan Sentra. At the time of the theft, the car was still bearing the Domino’s Pizza sign on the top of the vehicle.

Robberies of food delivery persons are fairly common in the area, Summerlin said, but an accompanying  theft of their motor vehicle is less so. Summerlin said the Rocky Mount Police Department cautions delivery drivers to call numbers back when they order to verify the address and to drive by the delivery address several times before making the delivery to scope out the situation before exiting the vehicle.

Summerlin said the police department is tracking the suspect’s use of the victim’s credit card as it pursues this and other leads in the case.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Twin County Crime Stoppers at 252-977-1111 or crimestoppers@rockymountnc.gov. Text a tip to police at 274637 by beginning messages with RMPOL to direct the tip to the Rocky Mount Police Department and type up to 155 characters about the information.

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