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Two men didn’t get the cash they wanted when they robbed a pizza delivery driver Sunday night, but they did get away with the pizza, Gainesville Police said.

Police are looking for men accused of robbing a Hungry Howie’s delivery driver at about 11 p.m. at Cabana Beach Apartments, police spokesperson Ben Tobias wrote in an email. The driver didn’t have any cash, but the robbers made do with the two large pizzas the driver had, worth $35.92.

A customer named Josh ordered the pizzas  to be delivered to the apartments from Hungry Howie’s website, according to an incident report. The customer provided a phone number and email.

The delivery driver told police she knocked on an apartment door to deliver the pizza, but the residents told her they didn’t order it. On her way back to the car, a man in his 20s walked up to her. He introduced himself as Josh and said he ordered the pizza.

The man fumbled in his pockets looking for money when the driver felt something cold and metal on her arm, she told police later. A second man wearing a grey and blue camouflage mask over his face stood behind the driver, demanding the pizza and money.

She didn’t have cash but gave the pizza to the man behind her, the driver said to officers.

The driver didn’t see a weapon and was not injured, the report said.

Both men ran away and were gone by the time police arrived, the report said. The pizza was never to be seen again.

Another Hungry Howie’s employee told the driver someone named Josh called the store and said a man stole his pizza from the driver while he was trying to pay for it, the report said. He said he was never going to order from Hungry Howie’s again.

The Josh that called the store had a different number than the one provided for the online order.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information can call Alachua County Crime Stoppers at 352-372-STOP.  

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Amanda Rosa is a second-year journalism major from Miami Beach, FL. As a general assignment staff writer, she covers anything in Gainesville and the University of Florida. She loves drawing, reading and drinking too much coffee.