An armed robbery of another Domino’s Pizza delivery driver was reported to Brockton police around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.
BROCKTON – Yet another food delivery driver was the victim of an armed robbery in Brockton, according to police.
A Domino’s Pizza delivery driver from the restaurant chain’s south side location told Brockton police that he was robbed on the job around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The victim, a 36-year-old man, said he was delivering an order to 16 Davids St., in the Campello neighborhood, when he was walking back to his car and was robbed at gunpoint, according to Brockton police.
“After the delivery was made, the man was walking back to his car, when a man demanded he give him everything,” said Brockton police, in response to an inquiry from The Enterprise. “The victim says the man brandished a gun that was in the front of the assailant’s waistband.”
The armed robber got away with $40 in cash and a cell phone, according to the delivery driver’s account to his manager and store owner. Carlos Ferreira, owner of the 1940 Main St. Domino’s location, said his drivers have been targeted three or four times in the last three months.
“It just seems a little bit out of control,” said Ferreira, reached by phone on Monday afternoon. “We’re not used to this kind of stuff.”
Brockton police said the victim described the suspect as a thin, light-skinned man, standing about 5 feet, 9 inches, with a thin mustache. The suspect was also wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, the victim told police.
The 36-year-old Domino’s driver was not injured during the incident, Brockton police said.
This is not the first armed robbery of a food delivery driver to be reported in Brockton recently.
From Aug. 8 through Sept. 4, the city of Brockton had at least eight reported robberies of food delivery drivers. The eight robberies took place on Arlington Street, Blendall Street, Boundary Circle, Field Street, Howard Street, Pleasantview Avenue and Vine Street.
For Domino’s Pizza, this is at least the second time in the last month that one of the company’s drivers has been robbed at gunpoint in Brockton. Other restaurant drivers who were robbed recently were working for businesses including 8 and 8 Chinese food, Nagoya, North Main Street Pizza, Stella’s Pizza, Jade Lee Garden and Cafe Asia in Holbrook.
However, there has been some measure of justice, according to police.
During that previous robbery of a Domino’s Pizza driver in Brockton, reported on Aug. 18, an 18-year-old man was arrested. The arrest took place after a 24-year-old woman working for Domino’s Pizza attempted to make a delivery to 220 Howard St., where she was held at gunpoint by a group of men, robbed of a phone, the food, and her wallet, which contained $300. An 18-year-old, Damian Poindexter, was later arrested and charged in the robbery.
And another man was arrested in connection to the robbery of a Stella’s pizzeria delivery driver on Arlington Street about two week ago. In that case, 22-year-old Jamoni Nelson was charged with unarmed robbery.
Brockton police have told The Enterprise that they are trying to combat the ongoing danger facing delivery drivers in the city.
“Brockton police take the recent robberies of delivery drivers seriously,” said police Lt. Kenneth LeGrice, in a recent statement to The Enterprise. “We have engaged with restaurant owners and their employees to share information about these cases and to educate drivers on steps they can take to remain safe.”
Tips given to drivers in the food delivery business include only carrying the amount of money needed for a trip; avoiding delivering orders to a home or building that looks vacant; being aware of the surroundings; checking for suspicious people near the delivery address; and using a vehicle’s remote alarm to draw attention in the case of a threat.
Anyone who wants to report suspicious activity, or has additional information on any of the recent delivery driver robberies, can call Brockton detectives at 508-941-0234.
Ferreira, the owner of the Domino’s Pizza location where a driver was robbed on Sunday, said that he’s trying to encourage competitors and Chinese restaurants to stop their delivery drivers from carrying so much money.
“A lot of times, competitors’ drivers tend to carry a lot of money. That doesn’t help,” Ferreira said. “We’re trying to convince competitors not to carry a lot of money. There’s a perception that our drivers carry a lot of money, and they don’t.”