Posted on November 9, 2012

Undercover St. Louis County Police to Deliver Pizzas in Wake of Driver Killings

Joel Currier, STL Today, November 8, 2012

Your next pizza order could arrive at the door in the hands of an undercover police officer.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch on Thursday announced an unusual plan to have undercover cops deliver pizzas to parts of St. Louis County to deter armed robberies.

“If it’s a legitimate pizza order, they’re not going to know it’s a police officer,” Fitch said. “If a person has a sinister motive and they decide to rob one of our officers, it’s not going to be pretty.”

The strategy comes after Imo’s driver Brian W. Johnson was fatally shot Monday night while taking three pizzas to a home in Dellwood. Johnson, 39, was found dead in his car after being robbed of the pizzas and a cellphone.

Prosecutors have charged Earon Rivers, 17, in the killing. Police said they found him in a house with the empty pizza boxes and murder weapon. They also arrested three other teens and are pursuing charges against them.

Johnson was the second Imo’s pizza delivery driver slain in St. Louis County in six months. {snip}

Fitch said he has never tried such a crime prevention idea before. Officers who typically work undercover drug cases will be assigned to pizza delivery, as needed, starting as early as Friday in areas where similar robberies have occurred. {snip{