Portage la Prairie police probe pizza pilfering

Portage la Prairie RCMP are investigating after three different pizza delivery drivers were robbed in the last two weeks. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Police in Portage la Prairie, Man., are investigating a string of recent pizza delivery driver stick-ups.

They say three different delivery drivers have been targeted while on the job in the last two weeks.

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In the first case a 38-year-old man was making a delivery on Oak Bay at around 10 p.m. on April 23 when he was threatened by a man with a knife.

The suspect, described as wearing dark clothes and a surgical mask, fled on foot with the pizzas. The driver wasn’t injured.

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Then on Sunday investigators say a second driver dropping off an order on 10th Street N.W. was robbed by a man armed with a machete, who stole his pies and fled on foot.

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Again, the driver wasn’t physically injured, police say.

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The second suspect is described as five-foot-10 in height, wearing jeans and a black hoodie.

In a third robbery on Tuesday, the suspect made off not only with the pizzas but also the driver’s car.

Police say the victim in that case, a 24-year-old man, had been making a delivery on Wilkinson Crescent around 10:20 p.m. when a man armed with a knife demanded his pizzas and the keys to his car. The driver wasn’t injured.

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The final suspect is shorter in stature with a clean-shaven face, police say. He was wearing dark clothing, a hat, gloves and baggy pants.

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Police haven’t said if they believe the same suspect is behind all three robberies.

They’re asking the public to be on the lookout for the stolen car, a 2016 Honda Accord Manitoba licence plate KLD 198, and to call Portage la Prairie RCMP Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 with any information.

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