Bank Robbery Suspect Nabbed By Market Basket Employees
One day after robbing TD North Bank, suspect is alleged to have robbed grocery store.
A suspect has been arrested in connection with the robbery of the south Tewksbury branch of the _TD North Bank on Friday._
However, it wasn't a police officer who took him into custody ... it was grocery store workers.
Herman “Lee” Wiitala Jr., 33 of 14 Charme Road, Billerica, was arrested on Saturday afternoon after trying to rob the Market Basket supermarket on Wood Street in Lowell. The Lowell Sun reported that Wiitala walked into the store and handed a note demanding money from a cashier. He did not show a weapon.
According to the Sun report, Wiitala was given an undisclosed amount of money by the cashier and tired to flee the store. However, he was detained by the store manager and another employee until Lowell Police arrived.
After learning that Wiitala was in custody, _Tewksbury Police detectives_ were able to identify him as the same person shown _on surveillance footage from the The TD North bank robbery._
Wiitala is scheduled to be arraigned on charges on both cases on Tuesday in Lowell District Court.