Police Warn Delivery Drivers of Fake Orders

Alert issued after two armed robberies reported against drivers

By Stefan Holt and Lisa Balde
|  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011  |  Updated 8:46 PM CDT
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Barney's Pizzeria owner has lost staffers, cut delivery hours in wake of armed robberies.

Barney's Pizzeria owner has lost staffers, cut delivery hours in wake of armed robberies.

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Chicago Police on Tuesday issued an armed-robbery alert urging fast-food companies on the city's South and Southwest sides to check their caller ID before responding to an order.

The alert comes after two robberies against delivery drivers in recent weeks. Detectives say armed suspects phone in phony orders, and drivers are robbed when they arrive with the food.

Last week a woman delivered a pizza on the South Side and was shot in the leg, police said.

Detectives say restaurant owners should ask customers to leave their porch lights on for extra safety. Drivers also are warned to be suspicious of requests for change for large bills and told to stay in the car until making visual contact with the customer.

If the location turns out to be vacant or abandoned, police say they should drive away immediately.

Police believe the fake orders are coming from cell phones. Detectives compiled a list of numbers used:

773-587-7674
773-683-8649
773-765-8423
773-936-0533
312-890-1982
708-530-6183

Anyone with information on the robberies or anyone who receives a call from one of the compiled cell numbers is asked to call Wentworth Area detectives at 312-747-8382.

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