CRIME ALERT - DELIVERY DRIVER ROBBERIES
Since April 9, 2018, there have been three robberies involving Delivery Drivers. In each case, an unknown individual places an order with the restaurant using what is later determined to be a false phone number. When the delivery driver arrives at the address, he is assaulted and robbed by a group of juvenile males as soon as he steps out of the vehicle. The victims in each case have described the suspects as a group of black male juveniles, from 3-5 members, wearing all black clothing and black masks.
In all three incidents, Officers have contacted the delivery address. It has been determined that the resident of the address was uninvolved – either they had no knowledge of the delivery, or there was no one at the residence at the time.
It is believed that the delivery drivers are being intentionally set up. The robberies are occurring between 10 p.m. – 12 a.m.; however, they have all been on different days of the week. The robberies are in different locations throughout the city and involve a different restaurant each time.
Harrisburg detectives are currently investigating the series. If you have any relevant information, please contact the Harrisburg Bureau of Police at (717) 558-6900 or submit a tip through CrimeWatch.
In the meantime, Harrisburg Police are suggesting the following tips for restaurants that offer delivery:
- For orders placed after 9 p.m., call back the number given with the order to confirm that it is legitimate.
- When delivering in a neighborhood that is not well-lit, take care to drive through to ensure that there is no one hiding.
- Before exiting the vehicle, make sure that it appears that someone is awake and present at the delivery address (i.e. lights are on).