Oct. 8, 2002
MARIETTA, Ga. -- Two Marietta teens were arrested on Oct. 6 and charged with multiple counts of armed robbery and other charges connected to a string of pizza delivery driver robberies.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marietta Police Department spokeswoman Tanya Twaddell said that police caught Mjiti Whitlow and Shawn Riley, both 18, hiding at an apartment complex while waiting for a Papa John's delivery driver on Oct. 6.
At 10:30 p.m., police were contacted by a Papa John's store regarding a suspicious call. The phone number from which the order was placed had been used for previous deliveries in which drivers had been robbed, police said.
When police arrived at the apartment complex, they found the two suspects hiding; Whitlow was holding a handgun.
Police believe the two men are responsible for armed robberies of delivery drivers from Pizza K, Domino's Pizza and Pizza Hut. Each of those robberies took place over the past week, beginning on Oct. 1.
* In related crime news, the Beacon Journal newspaper has reported a band of robbers has been preying on delivery drivers in Twinsburg Township, Ohio.
Over the past two weeks, men wearing ski masks -- some of them toting guns -- have robbed two delivery drivers of pizza and cash.
In both cases, a man called the pizza shops and placed an order. When drivers arrived at the addresses provided, they were accosted while exiting their cars.
Deputies arrested a 15-year-old boy they think was involved in the robberies. He has been charged with complicity to commit aggravated robbery.
Deputies believe as many as four other bandits are involved, and that they likely are men in their late teens or early 20s.
Local police suggest that pizza shops call back people who place orders, take the names of those ordering and provide drivers with cellular phones to use in emergencies. They also recommend drivers watch out for people approaching their cars as they attempt to exit the vehicle.