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Pizza deliverer is robbed; Two incidents Sunday prompt police warning about verifying calls; Pay phones being used; Robbery comes hour after driver from same shop eluded attempt


A pay phone used to lure pizza delivery drivers into a holdup and shooting New Year's Day in Harper's Choice was used again Sunday in a robbery attempt near Owen Brown, police said yesterday.

An hour later, a delivery driver for the same pizza shop was robbed at gunpoint in Oakland Mills by four men who placed an order from another pay phone, said Howard County police. No one was injured.

None of the delivery drivers in the three incidents followed safety procedures, police said.

"They're not verifying the phone numbers," said Sgt. Morris Carroll, department spokesman.

Sunday's crimes occurred as Howard County detectives sought two Baltimore men in the robbery and shooting of a 30-year-old driver for Papa John's. The woman was shot on a parking lot and wounded in the jaw.

Charles A. Mosley, 19, is charged in an arrest warrant with 26 counts ranging from attempted first-degree murder to theft, police said, and Naim Quinton Abdul-Muhaimin, 20, faces 16 charges.

Police would not say whether the shooting and Sunday's robberies are related.

Those crimes, a November gunbattle between two unidentified men in Oakland Mills and two shootings in Harper's Choice in September have heightened residents' fears. At a meeting last month in Oakland Mills, residents questioned police officials about loitering, drugs, drinking and vandalism.

One Oakland Mills leader said he hopes residents attend a village board meeting at 7: 30 tonight at The Other Barn, where crime will be addressed.

"The community wants the police to come in and save them, and that's not going to happen," said Earl Jones, vice chairman of the Oakland Mills Village Board. "It is a different world out there."

Call from pay phone

On Sunday, Pizza Boli's on Oakland Mills Road received an order, but employees did not verify the displayed phone number, said police and the shop's manager.

The number was traced to a pay phone at a gas station on Twin Rivers Road, the same pay phone used in the New Year's Day robbery, police said.

"We only call back when we're not busy," said Ibrar Shah, the manager.

When the driver tried to deliver the pizza about 9 p.m. to a house in the 6300 block of Loring Drive near the boundary of Owen Brown, Oakland Mills and Long Reach villages, the residents said they hadn't placed the order, police said.

The driver returned to his car, police said, and saw four men yelling and approaching him from a nearby field. The employee drove away and called police.

Second incident

As a police officer questioned the employee, another Pizza Boli's driver was robbed about 10 p.m. in the 5600 block of Shadow Fall Terrace in Oakland Mills.

The driver was delivering an order to a townhouse, police and Shah said, when four men wearing ski masks confronted him. A robber held a gun on the driver and demanded money, his wallet and the order.

The driver was not injured, and the robbers fled with $130, Shah said.

New identification system

Pizza Boli's installed a new identification system yesterday that registers a call's location and the phone number, Shah said. Employees will also try to verify more orders, he said.

"When things start happening like this, we are not able to find drivers," Shah said. "It is not safe."

Police say robbers are choosing the wrong victims because delivery drivers usually carry little cash. "It's silly for these people to rob them," Carroll said.

There were 14 crimes involving delivery drivers in 1997, and six last year, police said.

If you have information about this year's crimes, call 410-313-3700.

Pub Date: 1/12/99

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