Police officers pretending to be pizza deliverers captured three people linked to an armed robbery early Monday in North Berkeley.
Authorities say the robbers used a stolen credit card to order pizza, which tipped police to their location, and ultimately led to their arrest and the recovery of a handgun.
According to Officer Byron White, a Berkeley police spokesman, the robbery took place just after 1 a.m. when two people with a gun robbed a pedestrian of his backpack at Acton and Delaware streets near the North Berkeley BART station.
White said the victim learned, shortly after the robbery, that his credit card had been used to order a pizza to be delivered to the 1300 block of Delaware, between West and Acton streets.
“Based on this information, officers were able to contact the restaurant,” said White via email, and intercept the delivery order. Then, acting as pizza deliverers, “officers went to Delaware Street to deliver ‘the pizzas’ to the robbery suspects.”