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New Hampshire

January 29, 2014

Salem delivery call may have been a setup

SALEM — Police are warning restaurants to confirm addresses and contact information before delivering food after three recent incidents.

On Monday afternoon, employees of Blue House Pizza at 3 Hampshire St. called police after receiving a call for delivery to the address where there was an armed holdup last week, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said yesterday.

The address, 103 Cluff Crossing Road, matched that of the armed robbery of a pizza deliveryman Jan. 19, Patten said. On callback, the phone number given was disconnected, he said.

The food orders were the same, too, he said.

Detectives, not delivery personnel, responded to the address Monday, but did not find anyone at the address.

Police believe the delivery order was a setup for a robbery, Patten said.

On Jan. 19, a pizza deliveryman went to an apartment complex on Cluff Crossing Road at about 8 p.m. A man approached from behind, put the deliveryman in a headlock and threatened him with a knife. The robber got away with between $150 and $180, police said.

Patten said there also was a similar robbery recently across the state line in Methuen.

Police are pursuing several leads, he said. In the meantime, police are warning restaurants to take extra precautions.

— Jo-Anne MacKenzie

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