VERNON, Conn. (WTNH)– Police say 20-year-old Joshua Negralle and 21-year-old Jonathan Collins robbed a pizza delivery man at gunpoint Tuesday, making off with both the driver’s cash and pizza.
Neighbors near where it happened, Talcott Avenue, say it’s happened before in the same area.
“There was an abandoned house, they called the pizza guy to go there and robbed him,” said Dan Sharpe of Vernon.
Some people say delivery drivers are easy targets because they have cash on hand and even a hot meal for the robbers.
“They call and order a pizza, then they set him up and grab his money because it’s easy to take from him, he is by himself,” said Fred Sharpe.
Police also charged 22-year-old Amanda Negron in the crime. They say she helped plan the whole thing.
Officers say when they caught up with Negralle and Collins after the robbery, they were hiding in a closet at a house at 21 Woodland Street.
The three were arraigned in Rockville Superior Court on Wednesday. They are charged with first-degree robbery, larceny, and other charges.
Delivering pizzas can be dangerous, but Fred Sharpe says drivers can do things to make themselves safer.
“Bring someone with them, that’s one thing, or protect themselves if they carry a gun.”