msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 9/15/2011 10:31:27 AM ET 2011-09-15T14:31:27

Rhode Island police say two suspects picked the wrong pizza delivery guy to rob: an undercover police officer.

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The Providence Journal reports that a 30-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were arrested in Newport on Tuesday night after they approached the officer. Police say one of the suspects had a BB gun in his waistband.

Two delivery drivers were robbed in the same area earlier this month. Police had asked restaurants to call if they received delivery orders for the neighborhood.

A-1 Pizza received the call Tuesday and notified police, who sent the officer in place of the usual driver.

Lt. William Fitzgerald said two men, one with a BB gun, came up to the undercover officer and said they had ordered pizza. When the officer revealed himself, one man ran away but was captured shortly after, according to The Providence Journal.

The suspects were "quite shocked" to discover the delivery man was actually an officer, Fitzgerald said.

The police charged both men with first-degree robbery, reported the Providence Journal. They matched the descriptions of the men who robbed drivers earlier in September, Fitzgerald said. In both of those cases, the drivers were robbed of $60.

No charges have been brought in those cases yet.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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