Jimmy John’s driver robbed at Cambridge

Lauren Gorla

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Statesboro Police Department and Georgia Southern University Office of Public Safety are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at 2:30 a.m. yesterday.

Jimmy John’s delivery driver and GSU junior Austin Shaw was robbed at the Cambridge at Southern apartment complex parking lot and had at least $80 stolen from him.

“I had just made a delivery, and as I’m walking back to my car he sweeps up on me,” Shaw said.

Jimmy John’s delivery drivers do not carry change for more than $20, William Massie, general manager of Jimmy John’s, said. If the driver does not feel safe, they are told to return to the restaurant.

The assailant was reported as a black male wearing dark clothing, according to a campus alert from the Dean of Students office.

“This is the third time within in the last year that we’ve had a robbery,” Massie said.

“[The alleged robber] said, ‘I’m just gonna f****** tase your a** if you don’t give me your money,’” Shaw said.

The assailant held the stun gun against Shaw’s back while patting down his pockets looking for money.

After taking Shaw’s money, the assailant fled the scene and headed towards Stadium Walk apartments.

“We talk to [the drivers] about driving at night specifically,” Massie said. “We’re one of the few people that light up our car toppers all the time at night so it makes them kind of an easy target.”

Jimmy John’s policy does not allow drivers to carry a weapon on their person while working, but managers advise drivers to be safe by limiting the amount of money they carry, Shaw said.

Most of the cash they carry is their tips, Massie said.

“It’s never happened to me before, but it has happened to multiple other drivers,” Shaw said.

“Stuff like this really has to do more with the community than the drivers,” Massie said. “We deliver until 3 a.m., and we’ll continue to do it.”