Tampa Police Investigating 13 Robberies of Food Delivery Drivers
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The suspects mainly targeted pizza delivery drivers over the last four month. Two of the victims worked for Asian restaurants. Detectives do not believe all the robberies are related. It appears multiple suspects are using the same modus operandi to rob delivery drivers in several different areas of the city.
Based on preliminary information from the victims, the suspects are mainly black males who vary in age, height and overall description. The majority of the robberies took place in problematic areas throughout the city.
Crime prevention teams in each of the police departments three districts are visiting with restaurant owners to make them aware of this new crime trend. During the visits, the crime prevention liaisons will provide restaurant managers with important safety tips along with a checklist of suspicious signs to look out for when taking delivery orders.
The department hopes that this outreach will help prevent future robberies and keep delivery drivers safe, while detectives continue their investigative work to track down the suspects.