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Stolen pizza delivery driver's car linked to homicide

Posted at 11:51 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 22:10:33-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Just when he said he thought it couldn't get any worse, it did.

A Domino's delivery driver in Chester, who said he had just bought a car, ran into work to grab a pizza delivery, only to turn around and see someone in his car speeding away.

"By the time I turned around to look out the window, my car was leaving the lot,” the delivery driver, who did not want to show his face on TV, said. "[Police] called me and said 'we found your vehicle.' I said 'that's great!' They said, ‘it's totaled.’ I kind of expected that, but then they said that it was used in a homicide. I did not expect that."

Sussex County Sheriff's Deputies got into a short high-speed chase with the car thief early Tuesday morning after the car whizzed through their radar at 95 miles-per-hour on I-95.

The car flipped twice on a Prince George exit ramp.

The driver, police said, was 16 years old.

Deputies took him into custody and searched the car.

"We found a spent casing round already fired and other ammo in his pocket,” a deputy said.

A nine-millimeter rifle recovered from inside the car.

A gun, the car owner said, wasn't his weapon.

"It’s crazy to think he stole my car to commit some crazy heinous act,” the car-less Domino’s driver said.

The delivery driver spent his savings buying the car.

Due to Covid, an eviction, and some other obstacles, his life possessions were inside, including his clothes, wallet, and phone.

"Every time you think it can't get worse, it does,” the driver said. “It's like I lost the car and was literally having the conversation about, “well at least I'm ok and didn't get involved in a murder or something,’ and then this happens. I just can't believe it."

Crime Insider sources said Petersburg Police, Sussex deputies, and Virginia State Police are sharing notes, and believe the car could have evidence from more than one case.