Hamden police investigating another pizza delivery robbery

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Hamden police are looking for what could be serial robbers who have been targeting delivery drivers.

There have been a handful of robberies dating back to October. The most recent one occurred Tuesday night with one just two hours before.

Carlos Genovez has owned Pianca Pizza on Dixwell Avenue in Hamden for eight years. His 21-year-old son just started delivering pizzas for him, and after one week on the job, he was robbed at gunpoint on by two men who threatened to kill him Tuesday night.

“I got to stop him like this, I’m afraid, I’m afraid,” said Genovez.

Genovez says his son is recovering after being left noticeably shaken by the robbery.

“I hope everything is okay, my son is okay, hopefully don’t have more problems with that,” said Genovez.

The owner of the pizza parlor says that his son made the delivery on Helen Street and when he got pizza out of the back, two teenagers with guns demanded his things.

Hamden police say this type of crime has spiked in the last two weeks.

“Within the past two weeks, we’ve had five of these types of robberies,” said Hamden Police Captain Ronald Smith. “Three involved pizza delivery, one Chinese food delivery, one a taxi cab driver.”

Just two hours before the robbery Tuesday night, another pizza driver was almost robbed by two men on Manila Street in Hamden. One of them pointed a gun at the driver’s head, but he was able to speed away unharmed after reaching for the gun.

“Can’t disclose the type of evidence we seized, but we are following significant leads,” said Capt. Smith.

Genovez thinks desperation of the holiday season may be the reason for the brazen robberies.

“This time, little problems, especially with Christmas coming, and everybody trying to buy something and kids going crazy,” said Genovez.

If you have any information that may help the investigations, call Hamden police at (203) 230-4000.

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