Police Briefs; Pizza Delivery Driver Robbed at Stoplight

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Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer

A 24-year-old pizza delivery driver was robbed while stopped at a red light on Hammond Boulevard at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 30.

The driver told police a man got out of a red Ford Expedition, walked up to his vehicle, punched out the driver's side window and said, "Give me the money." The driver said he was hemmed in by a car in front of him and gave the robber an undetermined amount of money belonging to Hungry Howie's, 1696 Hammond Blvd., because he feared the man might have a weapon, police said.

Police said the victim had shattered pieces of glass on his face.

-- While in a ditch checking for valuables, a 64-year-old man with a metal detector was attacked at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 31. The man told police he was in the 6700 block of Cherbourg Avenue North when a man carrying a tree limb jumped into the ditch and demanded his wallet and the detector.

When the victim refused to give them up, the man told him he had a gun, police said. The victim asked to see it, but the man struck him on the hand with the limb. The victim dropped the detector, the man picked it up and hit him on the leg several times, destroying the detector in the process, police said.

The suspect fled when the victim still refused to give up his wallet.

The following are crimes and other incidents on the Westside reported recently to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office:

ARMED ROBBERY:

Sprint Gas Station, 4856 Park St., a man armed with a sawed-off shotgun robbed a 43-year-old employee of an undetermined amount of money at 6:41 p.m. Sunday and fled before police arrived.

AUTO THEFT:

7600 block of Saddle Road, a silver 1986 Buick Park Avenue Electra was stolen between 7 p. …