UPDATED 10:20 a.m. Friday
CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police believe the same people may be involved in two robberies of pizza delivery men in a northwest Champaign neighborhood earlier this week.
Sgt. Dave Griffet said on Tuesday at 2:10 a.m., a delivery man for Prime Time Pizza reported he had been robbed and beaten by five men in the 1500 block of Marigold Lane.
Griffet said the pizza man was sent to an address in the 1500 block of Melanie Lane about 1:45 a.m. that turned out not to be a valid address. As the man returned to his vehicle, he was met by a male teen whom he described as thin, wearing jeans and a T-shirt. The teen asked the delivery man to follow him because his mother had the money to pay for the food.
As the delivery man got to 1504 Marigold, four other men appeared and chased him. The delivery man reported that something hit his knees, causing him to fall to the ground. The five men then kicked and punched him while he was down. Some of the attackers got his car keys, phone and cash from his pants pockets.
The delivery man sustained bumps and bruises but did not require medical treatment. He was able to walk to a business on nearby Bloomington Road to report the robbery.
Police responded to a similar attack of a different pizza delivery man about 24 hours later in the same area, Griffet said.
Just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, a Domino's man was sent to an address in the 1500 block of Melanie Lane that was bogus. As he was in his car looking for the correct address, he was flagged down by a man in the 1500 block of Marigold Lane.
He got out and was approached by one man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and a partial ski mask who grabbed the food. A second man, also wearing a ski mask, appeared and was swinging a piece of rain gutter at the delivery man in a threatening manner. The two robbers then fled.
The only thing taken from the Domino's delivery man was food.
Griffet said Champaign police enlisted the aid of the sheriff's office dog who tracked to a home in the neighborhood. The owner gave permission to search but police did not find the robbers.
Griffet urged people in the neighborhood who might know who's responsible for the robberies to contact the police department at 351-4545 or to call Crimestoppers at 373-8477.