Salem police: Food delivery workers are being set up for robberies
SALEM — Police are urging local restaurants that deliver food to use caution following several recent robberies in the area.
On Monday afternoon, police responded to Blue House Pizza on Hampshire Street for a report of a delivery order from the same address as a previous robbery, according to police.
The call back number for the delivery was disconnected and detectives responding to the 103 Cluff Crossing area found no one at the address given for the delivery.
There have been two recent robberies from local businesses, one in Salem and one in Methuen, and police are warning all local restaurants who deliver food to confirm addresses and contact information since it looks like the Blue House Pizza delivery on Monday afternoon was being set up for a robbery.
The case remains under investigation, and detectives are pursuing several leads, according to Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten.
The most recent robbery in Salem took place shortly after 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19.
The 21-year-old male victim reported that while he was delivering food, a man came up behind him and put him in a headlock. The delivery driver said he felt a sharp object pressing against his neck and the man said he had a knife and to give him all his money or he would kill him.
The suspect stole about $150 and got away on foot.
According to police, a witness opened his apartment door and saw the suspect running down the hallway and out the door. Police officers and a canine unit tracked the suspect a short distance to another building, where the track ended.
The suspect was described as a stocky white male, approximately 6 feet 1 inch tall and 200 pounds with stubby facial hair, wearing a black hat and jacket.
Anyone with information about any of the robberies or attempted robberies is asked to contact Salem police at 893-1911 or the Southern New Hampshire Crimeline at 893-6600.