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Technology helps ID armed robbers of delivery drivers

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Law enforcement in the Jackson area are on the hunt for robbers who are targeting delivery drivers.

Police in the Capital City hope new technology helps lead them to armed thieves who struck again last week.

Jackson Police have released a digital composite sketch of one man suspected of robbing delivery drivers in the metro area.

The computer generated image was created from witness descriptions of a black male possibly in his 30's with a medium build and brown complexion.

Detectives believe he held up a Coca Cola delivery driver last Wednesday at a convenience store on Northside Drive and Methodist Home Road.

The vendor told police he was making his last stop.

"He was accosted by two black males, brandishing firearms," said Jackson Police spokesperson Officer Colendula Green. "One of the males made him get back in the delivery truck, while the other black male trailed behind him. They wind up at Green Crossing Road in Madison."

Green said they took an undisclosed amount of money from the driver, but he was not injured.

J.P.D. used the department's new Facial Recognition Identification Software to compose the image.

It was obtained through a grant from the Department of Justice.

The software allows investigators to create a picture of the suspect without having artistic skills.

In late June, James Hilton was held up at gunpoint while delivering fuel to a gas station at the corner of Raymond Road and Shady Lane Drive.

He said the gunmen were teenagers.

"They came up behind me and robbed me put a gun in my face, just told me to give them my wallet," Hilton said.

Delivery drivers often carry cash which make them the targets.

Hinds County authorities have investigated at least 13 such robberies.

"We're keeping a close eye on our surroundings and everything," said Andrew Bingham with Brown Vending. "I don't think it's an individual. We think it's a group of individuals."

The company is now hiring armed security guards to ride along with their delivery drivers.

"It's not a photograph. It's a composite of a suspect that's wanted in a series of armed robberies," Green said.

Jackson Police hope the image helps identify at least one person involved.

If you know anything about the people responsible for committing these armed robberies call the Jackson Police Department at 601-960-1234 or Crimestoppers at 601-355-TIPS.

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