A quick shout out to TTAG contributor and legal eagle Chris Dumm. If Mr. Dumm has a moment, I’d appreciate it if he’d cast his eyes on this story from staho.com. “Marco’s Pizza employees received a call from a customer to order pizza at 48 North West River Road. As the police reported, the manager of the store recognized the voice from the other line as being extremely similar to a criminal’s one, who had robbed a pizza delivery driver before.” Extremely similar’s pretty damn similar, yes? Similar enough it seems. “One of the police officers disguised [himself] as a pizza delivery driver, while other policemen surrounded the house at the given address. In order to hide the gun, they made a hole in the pizza box.” Does that mean the cop was pointing a loaded gun at the suspected perp with his hand in a pizza box? Yeah, that sounds safe. But wait! There’s more!
The police officer announced the pizza delivery arrival and a teenager got out of the house and told him to get inside in order to be paid by a friend of him. As the police officer stated, he refused to get inside the house and invited the suspect to pay for the pizza immediately. While the teenager headed inside the house, the officer disguised as a pizza delivery driver signaled the surrounding officers to take action.
They found another two teenagers in the house. The police officers took the three teens to the police station, keeping them under arrest. They searched the house ad found a loaded gun and eight grams of marijuana. As a consequence of their criminal act and criminal record, the teenagers are now in The Lorain County Boys Detention.
Did I miss the bit where the teen told the faux pizza guy [with a gun in a pizza box] to give him his money? I mean, sure, a loaded gun. Was it a LEGAL loaded gun belonging to the homeowner, perchance? And eight grams of dope? Don’t make me laugh. Or stop me laughing, if you know what I mean.
This does not sound like the kind of police work I admire. Is it even legal? Chris?