Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Public safety

Tarpon Springs police investigate pizza delivery robberies

Police are investigating two separate robberies of pizza delivery drivers that have happened in the last two weeks in the same Tarpon Springs neighborhood.

The first robbery happened about 10:30 p.m. May 10 after a Pizza Hut driver was sent to an abandoned house at 719 S Disston Ave., police said. When he arrived at the house, the driver knocked on the front door. Two men then walked up to him, brandishing a rifle and a handgun, and demanded his money. They wore dark-colored shirts over their faces, leaving only their eyes exposed, police said.

After taking the driver's money, the robbers fled on foot. Authorities used dogs to try to track the men, but were unable to find them, police said.

The man carrying the rifle was described as being in his 20s, about 6 feet 2 inches and 150 pounds with long dreadlocks hanging to his shoulders. The second man, who carried the handgun, was described as in his 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches and 175 pounds with short "popcorn"-style dreadlocks.

The second robbery happened just after 3 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Lime Street and Disston Avenue.

A Papa John's Pizza delivery driver was on his way back to his store after making a delivery when he pulled up to the intersection, police said. A man walked up to the driver's car and said he had something in his tire.

When the driver got out to look at the tire, he was hit from behind with a blunt object, police said. Another man then walked up and started punching and kicking the driver. Both men repeatedly asked, "Where's it at?" police said.

The driver managed to punch one of the men in the jaw before fleeing.

It was unclear Friday if the robberies were the work of the same men.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to call Tarpon Springs police at (727) 938-2849.

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