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Man Charged in Pizza Deliveryman Robbery

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What started out as a pizza delivery order, ended in the arrest of 25-year-old Christopher Williams on West 19th and Raspberry Streets.

According to Erie Police Deputy Chief Don Dacus, it all began around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, after the Domino's Pizza on Peninsula Drive received an order from a stolen phone.

Steve Ely--operation director of that Domino's Pizza--explains.

"The way it happened today, is we went to make a delivery to one of our regular customers," said Ely.  "As it turned out, that customer does work for Luchetti's and he was robbed about two weeks ago on a delivery, and his cell phone was stolen."

Police accuse Williams of using that same phone to order pizza from Domino's.  Officers surrounded the home where the order was made, and arrested Williams.

"Our detectives in investigating the Luchetti's robbery, has reached out to other pizza establishments to let them know of this cell phone number," said Dacus.  "As a result, they recognized the cell phone number."

Ely says that his employees are all too familiar with this type of crime.

"The first six months we were open, we had two drivers robbed at gunpoint on deliveries," said Ely.  "We do everything we can to help cooperate with police."

Ely's employees take several precautions when heading out on a delivery.

"Our drivers carry less than $20.00 on them at all times, so that we avoid them being targets,"  said Ely.  "We also have caller ID, and we call back numbers that we don't already have in our system...we do everything we can to keep our drivers safe."

Williams is now facing charges of robbery and receiving stolen property in connection to the Luchetti's robbery, which happened on March 19.

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