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Springfield Police See Uptick in Delivery Robberies

DELIVERY ROBBERIESSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –Springfield’s Wild Olive recently opened just 7 months ago.

On this frigid night, Rob Caracciolo is out making deliveries, well aware of what’s been happening to other drivers. “I guess I don’t really worry about it. Surprisingly everyone’s pretty nice out here, even when you go into technically the ‘bad’ parts of the area,” he said.

Even so, owner Kevin Sparks still worries. “It comes across my mind a lot; our drivers only have certain amount of cash on them when they travel and certain protocols we try to follow,” stated Sparks.

That’s especially since a recent string of robberies has plagued the city.

On December 29th, a gunman robbed a Chinese restaurant near Robert Dyer Circle.

On January 11th, a Pizza Hut driver was dropping off food on Dawes Street, left his car running, and a suspect got in and drove away.

The most recent, was on Monday nigh, when a Burger King delivery driver was held up on Cannon Circle.

“It’s with the weather, and the economic times. The armed robberies, and breaking into homes, everything’s been kind of on the increase. They know the deliverers are going to have food, money, and usually cellphones, and or a GPS, so it’s an easy target for them,” said Springfield Capt. Cheryl Clapprood.

Captain Clapprood says who are ordering can help out by leaving lights on and keeping an extra eye out.

If anyone suspicious is near the driver, don’t make the delivery, instead call 911.  “ We have extra patrols, and have been very active. Since the holidays, we do 3 or 4 weekly, and then varying the times and days, but specific to areas where there have been breaks,” she added.

Wild Olive says they’re extra vigilant especially with the big game approaching, when orders start pouring in.   “We have a respect for the neighborhood, we just hope that everyone has, customers have respect for us too. We’re just trying to do our job,” said Sparks.


  • TheScottishWeasel

    Aron dowers: I see you are holding your brain. It looks like something that came out of my dogs arse, and see it’s just as smart. Why not mounted machine guns on our SUVS so we can just go threw the bad areas and clean up the city faster?
    You moron.

  • TheScottishWeasel

    I saw you doing the “open carry” with your 40ozer, i think a gun maybe a bit too much for you.

  • TheScottishWeasel

    You gun jurks never think (or really care) about all the people around you when idiots like you start shooting these ultra high powered weapons in public. More children and innocents would be killed in a day than the lives saved in 20 years. You gun people are mentally unstable, and very ill.

  • TheScottishWeasel

    And you will see more and more robberies like these. Starving people can steal cash, a car, and food, all in one grab. And lets face it, has anyone ever seen a tough looking delivery driver? They all weigh 75lbs, have pimples, thick glasses, and a learners permit. You won’t hear the Yugo pull up, but the knocking of their knees tells you they have arrived.
    Take away food, crime will rise. It is the one thing nobody is going to go without, at least not quietly.

  • TheScottishWeasel

    @Nicora: You are ill. Don’t you understand that? Sicko, depraved, unstable, GET IT YET? YOU WOULD GET INTO A SHOOTIMG MATCH OVER A CAR, $20, AND A PIZZA??? You should admity yourself to The Clint Eastwood home for the Weaponry Insane” for at least 30 days observation. It’s a PIZZA.

  • TheScottishWeasel

    Minerva: who is going to pay the second guy to just ride along? Will you pay double what you pay now for delivery food? Why not arm him with an AR-15 like the imbecile above suggests, and everyone can kill each other over a pizza or burgers. You people, especially the gun extremists need to remember it’s just a pizza and car that can be replaced, a human life cannot.

  • TheScottishWeasel

    LMASO@Mike Morrisey. Good one.