These suspects may not be hungry.
Instead, they appear to be ordering food in order to steal the delivery driver’s vehicle, police said Tuesday.
Detectives have had one case involving the not-so-hungry suspects, but a second, similar instance was suspicious, and they have warned drivers to be cautious.
In the first case, a suspect tried to steal a delivery driver’s car Sunday, but crashed and fled the scene, police said.
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Someone at an apartment on Grayson Drive ordered a Pappa John’s Pizza around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The driver arrived, left his car running when he got out to deliver the pizza, McNew said.
“He remembered something in his car, turned around and saw a man in his car,” McNew said.
The delivery man ran back, but the suspect reversed the car, and then crashed it when he attempted to drive out of the complex, police said. The suspect got out of the car and fled. A second man near the crashed vehicle also ran from the scene, police said.
A woman at the apartment where the pizza was being delivered told police she had not ordered it, police said, and detectives do not believe she was involved in the incident.
During an interview with police, the woman told police another delivery driver had tried to drop off food at her home earlier in the day. She told police that at 4 p.m. Sunday Chinese food was delivered to her home, but she had not ordered it either.
“We don’t know if the delivery driver had locked the door of his car, and the suspects couldn’t get into it, or if it just was a mistake,” police spokeswoman Amanda McNew said Tuesday in a telephone interview.
She said delivery drivers should be alert.
“Drivers should never leave their car running while making a delivery,” McNew said.