Wichita Police say a Pizza Hut delivery driver was robbed and pushed to the ground on Tuesday evening after bringing pizza to what he realized was a vacant house.
“Four unknown suspects walked up to the employee, pushed him to the ground, took money and the food items he was delivering,” WPD officer Paul Cruz said.
Police say the suspects appeared to be young Hispanic men. They fled on foot. The victim had minor injuries from the push.
Pizza Hut declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.
KSN wanted to know what precautions drivers take, since every delivery takes them to someone else’s home or business.
“One of the main things we do is we try to get as much information from them on the phone when we’re actually taking the order. Not that it does, but if anything does happen, we know first and last name, we know an address, we always ask for closest intersection,” driver Lucas Massey said.
Massey has worked for Knolla’s Pizza for four years. He enjoys visiting with his regular customers and also greeting people’s dogs while out on deliveries.
Employees say sometimes, customers will ask drivers to come inside or deliver to the back yard. Drivers politely decline.
“If there’s not a light on when I go up, I try to be really mindful,” Massey said.
Additionally, drivers carry minimal cash.
“In case anything does happen, worst case scenario, we only have 30 dollars cash to hand over,” Massey said.