For a Robber, a Pizza Can be Expensive
It was an ordinary night, on October 7. 2015, near the Amtrak station in South New Brunswick, New Jersey. A call came into the Wilmington Police Department that the Golden Corral in the Monkey Junction area was to be the location of a robbery. Shortly after, another call tip changed the location to the Pizza Hut nearby. Police, not wanting to attract attention to the kidnapping of two smokers outside the Pizza Hut, watched as three men took the smokers inside, robbed them, and shut them in a freezer. The criminals then dashed to the front door, and police shot them, killing two and injuring the third. Guns in evidence turned out to be toy. Recently Smith, the injured robber, was sentenced in a plea bargain, to two counts of 72 months for armed robbery and attempt to kidnap.
On August 7, 2013, a pizza delivery man went to an apartment in the ultra-modern apartment complex called the Quincy, in South Brunswick, New Jersey and was told no pizza had been ordered. As he returned to his Pizza car, he was approached by 3 men with a handgun who robbed him of his wallet, money, and pizza. They hurriedly dashed for a dark minivan, located in a nearby parking lot, escaped, and were hunted by police. Four months later, by tracing cell phone records, Parysh Wood, 21, was arrested in another robbery and placed at this crime scene also. Wood, in Middlesex County Jail for other armed robberies of pizza delivery drivers, made a plea bargain also involving the 2013 robbery case in the parking lot at Quincy Circle.
Both cases indicate the blatant attempt of local small time robbers to ruffle the feathers of local New Brunswick Policeman. Nobody expects to get big money from a pizza delivery man. One tip called for the location to be the Golden Corral, but then the location was changed to the Pizza Hut. High organization was not apparent. What is speaking is the persistent and up to date technology being used by the South Brunswick police force, and others, to hold these small time criminals accountable for their actions. They may initially escape to their minivans, but cell phones, and other data, is available to the persistent investigative force. Four months later, Wood was placed at the Quincy shooting site by such data, and he was sentenced for his crime.
To sort the toy guns from the high quality hand gun may not be easy to do in the heart of the firing, but the safety and freedom of a responsible pizza delivery man is the promise of our local police force. It is the solid rock that makes police work a treasure in our society.