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Ellicott City pizza delivery driver robbed; Eight such incidents occur in Columbia since Nov. 1


An Ellicott City pizza delivery driver carrying more than $300 is the latest delivery person to be robbed, after responding to an order made from a pay phone.

Howard County police say Pizza Boli's in the 9200 block of Baltimore National Pike received a call about 11: 30 p.m. Tuesday for an order in the 10200 block of Dolliter Court. Despite the shop's caller identification system, employees did not check the number, which was for a pay telephone outside the Woodstock Post Office.

"It simply shows the number," said Isaac Khan, a store supervisor. "[The caller IDs] were simply there to confirm numbers. They saw the 465 and believed that was a house [phone] number."

When the driver arrived at the Dolliter Court address, "two men came running from the side of the house and approached the driver from behind and said, 'That's our food,' " Khan said.

"Then the men pulled down their ski masks and searched [the driver's] pockets," said Sgt. Morris Carroll, a police spokesman.

The two men did not display a weapon or injure the driver. After taking about $325 -- $255 belonging to the store and $70 to the driver -- they fled on foot, Carroll said.

Khan said the driver was carrying a large sum because he did not have time to drop off the money between deliveries.

Despite the surge of pizza delivery robberies in Columbia -- eight since Nov. 1, police say -- Khan said that store officials did not believe the Ellicott City area they serve would be a target.

"This has never happened in this area," Khan said. "It is considered safe. The employees "think this is one of the safest places in the Baltimore area."

He said the store is looking into updating its 2-year-old caller identification system with one that displays addresses.

Meanwhile, Naim Quinton Abdul-Muhaimain, 20, of Baltimore, a suspect in the robbery and shooting of a Papa John's delivery woman Jan. 1 on Harpers Farm Road, was ordered held without bail during a District Court hearing yesterday.

Pub Date: 1/28/99

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