ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – When hoodlums placed a fake order and then showed up to rob a pizza delivery man last week, St. Louis police were laying in wait.
They shot one of the suspects when he pointed a gun at them and ended up making two arrests.
It was all thanks to an informal info-sharing network which alerts other pizza places when one of them is robbed, and was based on the fact that two other pizza delivery people had been held up at gunpoint earlier that evening.
Dave Mayer with Elicia’s Pizza, one of the stores hit by robbers last week, thinks the system could be expanded with help from police and the local restaurant association.
“And it doesn’t have to be just pizza,” Mayer tells KMOX News. “It could be Chinese, y’know, any type of food delivery restaurant, where that restaurant would be responsible for calling five of their competitors, five of their other stores.”
He envisions that branching out like a phone-tree, but using modern technology like the Internet and hand-held devices.
Mayer believes it may prevent future hold-ups and could even save someone’s life.
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