Pizza deliverer robbed at gunpoint in parking lot It is 2nd such incident in less than a week

February 12, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

For the second time in less than a week, a Papa John's pizza deliveryman was robbed at gunpoint outside an apartment complex in Ellicott City, Howard County police said.

The latest holdup took place at the Normandy Woods Apartments in the 3200 block of Normandy Woods Drive about 7 p.m. Monday, police said, when a gunman approached a deliveryman in the parking lot.

The victim, whom police declined to identify, had delivered a pizza to an apartment and was robbed as he was getting into his car. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the robber ran into woods next to the complex, police said.

The robber was described as a black man with a thin build and medium complexion, standing about 6 foot 1 and wearing a black-and-white checkered flannel shirt and black jeans, according to police.

Another Papa John's driver was robbed at gunpoint about 9: 45 p.m. Feb. 4 after delivering a pizza at the Town and Country Apartments in the 8700 block of Town and Country Blvd., less than a mile from the site of Monday's robbery.

That Papa John's employee told police that his assailant was a white male who was wearing two trash bags over his body and a dark-colored bandanna over his face.

Neither delivery man was hurt and both are still employed by Papa John's, according to police.

In the wake of the two robberies, Papa John's drivers are taking more precautions when they deliver pizza, according to the manager of a Papa John's store, who requested anonymity.

"We're advising all our customers that they should meet the drivers at the entrance [to their apartment buildings] with the cash for their deliveries," he said, indicating that this allows drivers to keep an eye on the parking lot.

"That way, there's less of a chance that the drivers will be robbed when they're walking back out to their cars," the manager said.

Like many pizza delivery companies, Papa John's limits the cash its delivery employees carry to between $15 and $20 to discourage robberies, the manager said.

Police are asking anyone with information in either incident to call 313-3200.

Pub Date: 2/11/97

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