SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove police are calling for public help as they continue to investigate the armed robbery late Tuesday night (June 18, 2013) of a pizza delivery person whose fresh-baked, sauce-covered pie was bound for the 3300 block of Walnut Ridge Estates.
The delivery agent’s cash and cell phone were taken at gunpoint by three black males, one of them holding a semi-automatic handgun, police report. No one was injured.
However, it marked the second time in three months that armed bandits have held up persons making pizza deliveries in the township; the last incident occurred during April on Pebble Beach Lane. Others also have occurred earlier in Walnut Ridge, Greenwood noted. And Tuesday’s crime also happened only 15 hours before the armed robbery Wednesday (June 19) of a bank in Sanatoga, although police said those two incidents were not considered related.
Even so, township Sgt. Robert Greenwood acknowledged, “two armed robberies within this short time span are very unusual for Lower Pottsgrove.”
The pizza was being delivered at about 11:03 p.m. The restaurant employee, who was not identified, handed the box over to a white female with long brown curly hair, weighing about 120 pounds, and wearing capri-style pants, Greenwood said. She reportedly is being considered as an involved suspect.
Just afterwards the three men came out from hiding from three different directions, all of them wearing dark-colored hoodies to cover their faces. One of the three additionally wore a white ski mask. Their height ranged from between 5-foot-9-inches to 6 feet, Greenwood noted. The gun was pointed, the money and phone were taken, and the robbers fled.
Officers and dogs from Lower Pottsgrove, Limerick and New Hanover townships scoured the area for about an hour later, but no suspects turned up. They did obtain several leads, and also took statements from witnesses.
Greenwood asked that anyone in Walnut Ridge Estates “who sees anything suspicious or knows anything about this robbery” to call the township police anonymous tip line at 610-323-1130. He also urged anyone making deliveries “into the Walnut Ridge Estates area … to use caution.”