WOODBURY — Two armed holdups of food delivery drivers in two days have Woodbury police looking for two stickup men.
On Feb. 3, at about 8:06 p.m., a driver from a Chinese restaurant in Deptford pulled up to a house on Leeds Place, police said. The house was vacant, but there was a guy on the porch who seemed ready to accept the delivery. He appeared to be going for his wallet, but instead drew a black handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the driver, said police. A second man also appeared during the robbery.
He took approximately $400 from the driver, as well as the food.
The thieves fled toward East Barber Avenue.
The driver described the two black males as wearing black, hooded sweatshirts. One wore a bandana to cover part of his face; the other had his hood pulled closed so only his nose and eyes were visible.
The next day, Feb. 4, at 8:35 p.m., a delivery driver from a pizza place in Westville, was called to deliver to a house on Nelson Avenue, said police.
The driver again went to a vacant house. He knocked on the door a couple of times and was walking back to his car when two men approached him —one with a bandana and the other with a hood pulled tight. Both were about 5’10” tall, police said,
One lifted his sweatshirt to let the driver see a gun in his waistband and told the driver it was a stickup.
The driver was relieved of approximately $200 and the food.
The two men fled on Nelson, toward Allen Street, police said.
Police tried to get a K-9 unit out to do a search of the neighborhood for the second robbery, but there were none available, said Capt.Tom Ryan.
The first victim continued delivering food when he called police and officers had to wait for him to return to the scene of the crime.
Detectives Andrew DiGiambattista and Eric Lokaj are investigating the holdups. They also have alerted all the restaurants that deliver about the robberies and delivered pamphlets on driver safety.