Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.

Tarpon Springs police investigate pizza delivery robberies 05/17/13 [Last modified: Saturday, May 18, 2013 12:17am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Sen. Nelson urges FEMA to examine high number of denied flood claims

    Banking

    Sen. Bill Nelson urged FEMA on Tuesday to ensure fairness, proper oversight and transparency in processing Hurricane Irma aid following a report by the Palm Beach Post that 90 percent of Irma claims under the National Flood Insurance Program had been denied.

    Sen. Bill Nelson is calling for FEMA to ensure the flood claims process post-Hurricane Irma is fair and ethical following reports that 90 percent of claims under the National Flood Insurance Program were denied. | [Times file photo]
  2. Pasco delays Irma food distribution after problems elsewhere

    Local Government

    DADE CITY — Pasco County has pulled the plug on a planned Food for Florida distribution at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Center that had been scheduled to open to the public on Sunday.

    Pasco County has postponed a planned Food for Florida distribution at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Center on Collier Parkway and is seeking an alternative site. Last week, commissioners said they feared a repeat of the long lines of traffic that appeared outside Plant City Stadium on Oct. 9. The nutrition program for people affected by Hurricane Irma had been scheduled to come to Land O' Lakes Oct. 18 to 27.  [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. Editorial: UF can set example for free speech

    Editorials

    White nationalist Richard Spencer is bringing his racist message Thursday to the University of Florida in a legitimate, if utterly repugnant, display of the First Amendment at work. As a public university, UF has little choice but to allow Spencer's speech to take place. Now the university and the broader community has …

    By responding with peaceful protests and refusing to be provoked into violence, UF and the Gainesville community can provide a powerful repudiation of Richard Spencer’s hateful message.
  4. Percussionist rocks out with a blazing triangle solo during Florida Orchestra performance

    Blogs

    Oh, the poor triangle. It's the orchestra equivalent of a rock band's tamborine, and such easy fodder for jokes.

    John Shaw performs a triangle solo.
  5. Amazon expands in Tampa with Pop-Up shop in International Plaza

    Retail

    TAMPA — A new retailer known largely for its online presence has popped up at International Plaza and Bay Street.

    Shoppers walk past the new Amazon kiosk Tuesday at the International Plaza in Tampa. The kiosk, which opened last month, offers shoppers an opportunity to touch and play with some of the products that Amazon offers.
[CHRIS URSO   |   Times]