Police suspect link between pizza delivery robberies

AKRON, Ohio — Two pizza delivery drivers were assaulted at gunpoint over the weekend and police believe at least one suspect may be connected to both incidents.

The first robbery happened around 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of Smithfarm Avenue in the Goodyear Heights neighborhood. The delivery driver was called to an abandoned home. When he arrived, a man wearing a mask, a black winter coat and black pants and armed with a handgun stole the driver’s pizza and money, police said. The suspect is believed to be about 18 years old.

A second suspect was wearing a white T-shirt and was believed to be between 14 and 16 years old.

On Saturday, at approximately 11:15 p.m., a driver attempted to deliver a pizza to a residence in the 300 block of Para Avenue, also in the Goodyear Heights neighborhood. A person at the residence told the driver that she had not ordered a pizza.

As the driver was returning to the vehicle, a man armed with a handgun stole the driver’s pizza and other personal belongings. The suspect is believed to be between 18 and 20 years old.

Anyone with information can call detectives at 330-375-2490 or provide anonymous tips to Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. Anonymous tips can also be submitted by texting the word TIPSCO to 274637. Download the Akron PD app and submit tips by texting Tip411 or going to www.AkronCops.org.