Ardmore, Lower Merion Township, PA — A pizza deliveryman from Ardmore was shot and killed Tuesday while delivering pizza to an Overbrook Park home on the 7600 block of Woodcrest Avenue, Philadelphia, that was under construction, police said. The house is only a few blocks off City Avenue. City Avenue is the dividing line seperating Philadelphia from Lower Merion.
Authorities described the murder of Bobby Jenkins, 30, as part of a setup to rob the man once he arrived at the home to deliver the pizza.
"The house is under construction," police said. And they added that "The individual who did this broke into the rear of the property and staged this robbery, and it turned into a homicide."
Police reported that Jenkins walked up to the home and was shot once in the chest.
Authorities added that they believe Jenkins had no idea he was walking into a trap that would turn a staged robbery into a fatal shooting taking his life.
Neighbors heard the gunshots and called the police, authorities said. Jenkins was rushed to Lankenau Hospital but later died from his wounds.
Police said money was stolen but did not yet report the amount taken, only commenting that it was senseless to take a life "for a little bit of money."
Police are asking for the public's help. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities. And police reported that this robbery may not be an isolated incident, citing a robbery on Sunday of another deliveryman who stopped at a home in the 600 block of Northern Brooklyn Street, Philadelphia.
That robbery also took place at a vacant property where the rear door was forced open, police reported.
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