Crime Stoppers: Gunman Takes Delivery Cash and Pizza
Delivery drivers can have dangerous jobs. Especially when they have to make those late-night drop-offs. That very scenario brings us our Crime Stoppers case this week and your chance to collect reward cash.
"It is common among delivery drivers," Chattanooga Police Officer Tim McFarland said of robberies. "It is something they need to be extra careful with." Monday, a week ago, shortly after midnight, a Papa John's driver tried to make a delivery to the residence at 121 West 26th Street.
"He didn't get a response from homeowners" Off. McFarland continued, "and as he was going back to his vehicle, a black male approached him, the one in the pictures, put a gun in his face and demanded his cash."
Lucky for us, and maybe for you, this crime happened in front of a surveillance camera. The bad guy looks to be a black male with dark skin, around 5'7" with a slim build. On this night he was wearing a dark colored sweatshirt with the hood up. The driver did as he was told and the crook ran off with the money and the pizza. McFarland added, the driver did the right thing. This was probably the best outcome for what was a scary situation. "Whenever you fail to comply with their demands," he said, "often times, they get nervous and things unfold after that. So, it's always best to give them what they want and you get to go home."
McFarland also had some suggestions for all delivery services to try. "Create a list of all the band and residents (and) vacant residences so, that way, if somebody does place a call and gives that location, you'll know: automatically cancel the transaction. Because, more than likely, it's either a set up or something else."
The use of that semi-automatic handgun bumps the charges up on this crime. Help us stop this crook before he strikes again. And give the delivery drivers in this neighborhood a little peace of mind. If you recognize the suspect or know anything about this aggravated robbery, call Crime Stoppers: 698-3333
There is up to $1,000 reward available, and you will remain anonymous. Remember, an officer may answer the phone or return your call, but he will never ask who you are.