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Police: Armed robbers held up food deliverers in Grand Crossing

June 19, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Several restaurant delivery truck drivers were robbed in Grand Crossing this month, after attempting to deliver food to their assailants, according to a police alert issued Wednesday afternoon.

In each incident, police officials said, two men ordered food from local restaurants, to be delivered in the vicinity of the 7400 block of South Paxton Avenue. When the delivery truck drivers arrived, the men showed the drivers a handgun and told them they were being robbed. But officials said the gun wasn't the same in each incident. In one instance, the weapon displayed was a silver pistol; in another instance, the weapon displayed was a blue steel revolver.

The offenders were described as male, black, 24 to 30 years old, 5-foot-9 to 6-foot, and 140 pounds to 200 pounds. One man was said to have short hair, while the other was described as having "Afro style hair."

In the alert, police officials said drivers and business owners should request that delivery customers leave their porch or vestibule lights illuminated while picking up their orders. Drivers should not exit their vehicles until they make eye contact with their customers. The alert said drivers should leave the delivery location immediately if it appears vacant or abandoned.

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