Atlantic City Police arrested three juvenile males in a sting operation early Saturday morning organized to catch suspects who attempted to rob a pizza deliveryman a few hours earlier.
A Domino's Pizza manager called police around 3 a.m. saying they had just received a call for a pizza delivery to the 1300 block of Magellan Avenue, and that the call came from the same person who tried to rob a driver about five hours beforehand.
In the earlier incident, a driver went to the 800 block of North Maryland Avenue at 10:40 p.m. for a delivery. While still in his vehicle, a man punched the driver in the face and tried to grab the pizza, but the driver sped away and called police.
Police responded to the area, looking for five males aged 17 to 18 years old, but could not find the suspects.
Based on that earlier information, Det. Sgt. Doug Scogno and Sgt. Sean Scanlon made a plan to have a detective deliver the pizza to Magellan Avenue.
When Det. Amir Hughes arrived, posing as the deliveryman, a male walked up to the car with money in one hand and another hand grasping something in his waistband. Hughes then got out of the car, identified himself as a police officer and arrested the male, who had a handgun in his pants.
Hughes and Officer Charles Stuart also noticed two other suspects near the address and arrested them as they attempted to run away. One was the original caller of both attempted robberies, police said.
Three other occupants of the delivery address were interviewed and released because police did not believe they were involved in the attempted robberies.
The three juveniles, two aged 17 and one 16, were all of Atlantic City.
One 17-year-old was charged with robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and conspiracy, while the two others were charged with conspiracy.
A number of city pizza deliverymen have been robbed at gunpoint in the past month. An investigation is continuing into those earlier robberies.
All three juveniles arrested Saturday were taken to Harborfields Detention Center.
Anyone with information about the case should contact the Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit at (609) 347-5766 or place an anonymous tip to Atlantic County Crime Stoppers at (609) 652-1234.