On Feb. 8, a College student stole a Dominos pizza delivery van and was then chased by the police and pizza deliverymen.
At 1:30 a.m., a Dominos delivery driver drove to Morgan Hall to deliver a pizza to a student. While the driver was at the door, the student who ordered the pizza invited the driver to step in. While the driver was standing inside, another student ran down the stairs to where the car was running with the keys in the ignition.
The student proceeded to hop in the car and drive down Spring St. Another pizza driver from Village Pizza spotted the Dominos driver. This pizza driver picked up the Dominos driver and together went looking for the Dominos delivery van. The two drivers alerted the police, and the officer started driving in the other direction to chase down the student driving in the Dominos van.
The student driving the car popped a tire on Lab Campus Dr., so he got out of the car and started to run across campus. The two deliverymen saw the van and chased the student. They caught and pinned him to the ground. The deliveryman tried to call over two nearby Campus Safety and Security officers, but the guards did not notice the incident. While pinned down, the student hit one of the deliverymen in the groin. He then got up and ran away. The Dominos deliveryman believed the perpetrator was intoxicated while executing the crime.
A suspect has been identified, and the College has taken disciplinary action against this student. The student was identified through the work of the Police Department and the College’s Security Department.
“If probable cause can be established, then criminal charges could be filed,” Chief Kyle Johnson, of the Williamstown Police Department, said. While the College has pursued disciplinary action, no legal action by the police has been taken yet. “This was a crime of opportunity. Individuals need to safeguard themselves against being victims,” Johnson said. Johnson also warned against leaving a motor vehicle unsecured at any time. “Keys should never be left in an unsecured, unattended motor vehicle.”
“We are hoping this incident does not affect our business with the College,” the manager at the North Adams Dominos said. “We enjoy going over to the College, and we have stayed open later because Williams students asked us to. While it is a little concerning that somebody can do something like this, we are hoping it doesn’t affect things, but it will make us more cautious when making future visits to College dorms.” The Police Department would not make a statement on how delivery companies should interact with the College in the future: “We cannot speak as to how private companies run their business,” Johnson said.
“We really do like Williams College. I was afraid that the College would say that something would need to be different [based on this incident]. Our business hurts when you guys are away, but this incident does make us think twice,” the Dominos manager said. “We hope no incidents like this happen in the future. Dominos really does appreciate the business. We depend on the College to stay in business.”