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Pizza delivery driver's murder prompts changes for one pizza restaurant's delivery services

Posted at 10:09 PM, Aug 23, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- At least one pizza restaurant is changing its practices on delivery orders four days after a pizza delivery driver was killed by suspected thieves.

Three men have been arrested in connection with the murder of LaVon Drake III, 24. Drake was delivering pizza for Papa John’s in the 11400 block of Kristen Circle when he was shot and killed Monday night.

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The owner of Papa Ray’s Pizza and Wings, Atif Qazi, says he has instituted a new policy safer for his delivery drivers. He says two of his men have been robbed since March 2017 and after the latest incident, he decided he needed to make a change to keep his drivers safe.

That new policy means that if you want to order pizza late in the evening for delivery, you have to use a credit card. Drivers will no longer delivery cash orders after dark.

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Qazi says he’s lost some business since changing his policy, but none of that business is worth the lives of his drivers.

 “I already instructed the drivers, life is more than money. Take care of your lives. If you feel this area is not good and you feel the danger, just leave this place. Don’t deliver it,” said Qazi.

Qazi says he knows some people don’t have credit cards and those people will have to order carry-out pizza if they want Papa Ray’s late at night.

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