Sheriff's Office: Pizzeria employee in DeLand robbed of night bank deposit at gunpoint while getting into car

Robbery outside DeLand pizzeriaThe arrow points to the Papa Johns restaurant outside the DeLand city limits where an employee was robbed by a lone gunman.

DELAND -- The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the armed robbery of an employee of a North Woodland Boulevard pizzeria who had the night deposit cash on him when a gun was shoved in his face as he was getting into his vehicle.

Deputies arrived within 3 minutes of the 1:52 a.m. Saturday 9-1-1 call made by the victim outside the Papa Johns.

"Once there, deputies learned that an employee was getting into his car when a stranger emerged from an adjacent parking lot, thrust a gun through the passenger side window of the victim’s car, pointed the weapon at the victim and demanded his money," Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said. "The victim immediately complied and handed over a bag containing the cash for the night deposit."

The robber ran off and jumped into the passengeer side of a waiting white, four-door car that sped off east on Kensington Avenue. The amount of cash was not disclosed by deputies.

No shots were fired and no one was injured during the robbery, Davidson said, adding patrol deputies were assisted by a Sheriff’s Office helicopter and K-9 unit along with DeLand police in a search for the robber and the get-away vehicle, but they came up empty. The robber was described as black, 5 feet 9 and 200 pounds. He was dressed in black clothing and sported a dark-colored knit cap.

Anyone with information on the armed robbery is asked to call either the Sheriff’s Office at 386-736-5999 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, toll-free, at (888) 277-TIPS. Individuals can also text a tip to Crime Stoppers by texting “TIP231 plus the message” to CRIMES. Tipsters who provide information to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and can qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.

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