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UPDATE: WPD investigating after Pizza Hut robbed at gunpoint

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington police are searching for three masked men they say robbed a Wilmington Pizza Hut Tuesday night.

It happened around 9:40 p.m., when they say an employee walked out the back door of the restaurant in the 4000 block of Oleander Drive to dump ice.

Police say a delivery driver then walked in the back door, and immediately ran out the front door of the restaurant. That's when they say the employee inside noticed three masked men with handguns running towards the back of the restaurant, and two of them came inside and went behind the counter.

They say the two men motioned the employee to open the safe, but when she said she could not, the men took money from the register instead. When one of the managers came out of the kitchen during it all, police say they moved him back into the kitchen.

Police say the two men threw the register on the ground, ran out the back door and then jumped the fence behind the restaurant. They say the third suspect never actually went inside the restaurant, but was seen standing outside the back door when the crime happened.

Dispatchers told WWAY that one of the people who was there at the time of the robbery was hit in the face, but police say they can't confirm those details.

Two of the men involved in the robbery are described as black males, who were both wearing red bandannas around their faces. Police continue investigating.

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Pizza Hut Leland, Burger King wilm & Pizza Hut Wilm

Robbed, Pizza Hut Leland Monday night, Burger King off 17th St Tuesday night and now this Pizza Hut Oleander all robbed within about 10 days. The news articles give info on each robbery that to me are very much alike. Don't the police see this as well? Have the surveillance camera footages from these businesses been viewed? In the Burger King robbery, personal items were taken by the robbers. If phones were taken can't they be GPS traced?

These crooks are making a laughing stock of our police and these businesses. These robberies are a good reason for conceal carry guns. When it takes so long for police to arrive after a call you know the perps are loooong gooone!

You folks are looking at

You folks are looking at this all wrong. These young men were honoring the "cease fire". No shots were fired. All is cool in the hood.

Robberies

I bet the Pantry at 17th and Wellington doesn't get robbed. That's where all WPD officers gather at night, if you can get them out of the station. And every night you see 20 of them downtown watching the women when they should be working their districts.

So many holes....

So many holes in your "logic"...where to start......

I work in the 9-1-1 Center. I can assure you that WPD patrol cars have AVL systems installed, so their exact locations are ALWAYS shown on the maps on our screens. I can assure you that ALL WPD officers DO NOT gather at the 17th/Wellington Pantry. Each one of them is assigned to their own district, and they are expected to be in their districts unless they are dispatched to assist another officer in a different district.

The use of AVL's also shoots down your next idiotic statement. They do NOT hang around the station all night. When an officer arrests someone, they do have to take them to WPD headquarters first before taking them to the jail, so yes, they are sometimes at the station, but it is only for 1 to 1.5 hours. They do this so that the arrestee can be processed through WPD for purposes of investigating and for record-keeping.

Your final statement is the one that removes any doubt (and frankly, once I reached the end of your post, there was NO doubt left in my mind) that you have absolutely no clue what you are talking about. On any given night, there are anywhere from 5-7 officers/deputies assigned to the downtown bar district. They are assigned to that district, which is 1A, just like all other WPD officers are assigned to districts. Also, on Friday and Saturday nights, there may be 1-2 additional officers who work overtime by agreeing to provide security at individual bars. This process is called working a contract, and they are not allowed to leave their post. Also, each night between the hours of 2300 and 0300, there is one WPD officer who is assigned to patrol the River Walk. Much like the officers working contracts, the officer on River Walk is not allowed to leave his post.

Because I work in the 9-1-1 Center, I can assure you that none of the officers/deputies working downtown are standing around looking at women. From the personal experience of working with them, I know for a fact that they are either initiating or responding to calls for service and they do this at back-to-back speed. They simply don't have time to stand around and look at women. Don't believe me? Federal law dictates that you as a citizen can request certain pieces of information from government agencies. Stop by the 9-1-1 Center and ask to be given a list of calls that happened on any given night. You'll see the call volume for yourself.

Another thing...if they ALL gather at 17th/Wellington or stay in the station, how could there be 20 of them downtown watching women? Do you see? Now are you able to see that every single thing you typed is ridiculous and full of logic holes?

You really should stop making stupid generalizations when you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. A simple examination of public records will confirm every single thing I've typed here.

I can back up my claims. Can you? Let me give you a hint...the answer is one word, two letters...the first letter is "N" and the last letter is "O".

Not exactly

You can watch the AVL's like the supervisors can and you know it isn't unusual for 3 to 4 police cars parked at 17th & Wellington. They might not be there long, but it is a fact that store is a hang out spot. It wasn't too long ago an order was given telling officers not to hang out there but it didn't do any good.

It is also a fact many officers (not counting the ones working contracts) are usually on Front St between Dock and Market. They can be found in groups of 3-5 standing on the sidewalk. Go down Market st towards Water st and usually you can't do a u-turn where the horse carriages are in the day due to the amount of police cars parked there.

The Wilmington Daily Armed Robbery Report

And now for your viewing pleasure, we bring you the armed robbery of the day. The Wilmington Daily Armed Robbery Report is brought to you by the fast food workers and delivery drivers of Wilmington. If you too would like a short and unprofitable career in Wilmington, feel free to join them. If you're lucky enough to survive and not quit, you too could be a senior worker in as little as three days.

(Wow, if I hadn't read that police report telling us how much crime is down in Wilmington, I would have actually thought that crime was up.)

I love this post.

I love this post.

Crime Rate Coming Down?

Interesting how the powers to be in the city of Wilmington like to pat themselves on the back and issue press releases that crime is dropping in Wilmington. I see crime stories on the news every morning and evening. I have to wonder who is compiling these statistics. And yes, the word corruption is on my mind.

dont you get it , they was

dont you get it , they was talking about white crime is down. other is up/

Makes no sense.

Crime is dropping, read it on WWAY. Perhaps they were just like Trayvon, trying to get home and stopped for pizza? Hopefully The Feinstein Bill bans all these guns so these misunderstood youth will have to turn their guns into a church buyback. No guns = no crime.

"No guns = no

"No guns = no crime"???????
Morty....step away from the crack pipe.