Police are investigating a pair of carjackings involving teenagers robbing delivery drivers in the Merrimack Valley.
And authorities say they’re also considering whether the crimes are gang related, according to The Eagle-Tribune.
On Tuesday night, teenagers in Lawrence reportedly ordered a pizza from Mano’s Pizzeria in Methuen. When the driver got to the address, a group of teens, masked and unarmed, carjacked his vehicle. It’s the second carjacking involving a delivery driver in about a week, according to Boston 25.
“They stole his vehicle, they took his money, the pizza, they took off in the car,” Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon told the news station.
Police pursued the vehicle, which crossed from Lawrence into Methuen, and then crashed into a stone wall. The teens, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old, were arrested, and are facing a variety of charges, including unarmed robbery, carjacking, and others, according to the Eagle-Tribune. There’s no word on if the crimes are gang-related, or if they’re connected to a prior carjacking of a delivery driver.
In that incident back on Nov. 6, police were called to Swan Street in North Andover around 9:20 p.m. for the report of a delivery driver who had been pistol-whipped and robbed, along with being carjacked, according to The Eagle-Tribune. This incident happened the same night that there was an attempted carjacking in Lawrence on Lowell Street, followed by a man surrounded by a group of teens at an apartment complex in North Andover. The group allegedly demanded his car keys, stole the vehicle, and later crashed it in Lawrence.
An off-duty police officer was also attacked outside the Plaistow, New Hampshire YMCA by a group of five teens the same night, the newspaper reported.
“It’s similar in nature,” said Methuen Police Capt. Kristopher McCarthy told WMUR. “The woman was beaten, and so were the gentlemen down here in Methuen and Lawrence when their vehicles were taken.”
Methuen police believe one of the involved vehicles could be connected to the Plaistow attack, according to the captain. He said Methuen has noticed an increase in “serious crimes involving teenagers,” and the department created a task force to investigate, according to WMUR.
“These guys are young men, young boys, 15, 17 years old, committing major felonies,” he said. “We’re afraid where they’re going to be in five years when they’re 20, 25 years old.”