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Police warn delivery, cab drivers to stay safe following recent robberies

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - After three delivery drivers were robbed this weekend, and one cab driver was kidnapped at gun point, the Wilmington Police Department is warning drivers to stay safe.

According to police reports, on Friday, August 23, a Chinese food delivery driver was robbed by three men in the 200 block of South 14th street. The victim says the three men had their faces covered, broke a window and took cash and other items from inside the car.

Then about 24-hours later, and one block away, a Domino's driver was robbed in the 100 block of South 14th Street. She says that she went to a door, knocked on it, and when no one answered she says she was approached by two men who made their hands look like guns, and then pushed her to the ground.

One Sunday, at 13th and Grace Streets, a third delivery driver was reportedly robbed. The victim said they went up to a house that turned out to be abandoned, that's when they said they were approached by three men wearing masks.

Then, on Tuesday, outside of the Roses, on Shipyard and Carolina Beach Road, suspects allegedly forced a cab driver to give them a free ride at gunpoint.

Officials with the WPD, say to stay safe cab drivers especially, should always let the company know where they are going and never pick up someone flagging them down. They also say both cab and delivery drivers shouldn't deliver to an abandoned home. Additionally, the drivers shouldn't carry a lot of cash, officials say that makes them a target.

The manager at Jimmy John's downtown says they are taking extra precautions because of all of the robberies.

Matthew Sexton says, immediately following the robberies they didn't deliver to the S. 14th Street location because of everything that happened.

Now they've started going back, but he says they are making sure their drivers stay safe. Every driver carries a cell phone with them, and managers know where they are going at all times. Sexton also says they never carry more than $20 in cash.

The WPD says they will be investigating to see if the incidents are related.

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