SPD: Officer's presence prevents robbery of Marco's Pizza driver

Posted at 6:08 AM on Oct 24, 2016

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

The presence of a Statesville police officer thwarted a potential robbery over the weekend, according to an SPD news release.

A Marco's Pizza delivery driver was sent to the 400 block of Deaton Street at 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, Capt. Bryan Johnson said in the news release.

As two suspicious men wearing hoodies, with their hoods up and hands in their pockets, approached the driver, Officer Dallas Hurley pulled his patrol vehicle into the complex, according to the news release.

After the officer arrived, one of the men walked away and the other said his associate went to get money to pay for the pizza. The men then slipped away into the dark area behind the units. The unit where the delivery was ordered was dark and appeared vacant, according to the news release.

"Thanks to Officer Hurley’s awareness and efforts, a robbery was definitely prevented," Johnson said.

Officers who responded to the scene were unable to locate the two men.

New convenience store burglarized

Two men broke the front-door glass and entered the new Times Oil store at 1205 Garner Bagnal Blvd. about 2:35 a.m. Saturday, according to an SPD news release.

Two cash drawers were stolen from the store, Capt. Bryan Johnson said in the news release.

Surveillance video showed two black men breaking and entering the store, Johnson said. The suspect's vehicle was a newer model, dark-colored Hyundai Elantra. It had tinted windows, black rims, and an out-of-state tag, according to the news release.

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