Fitchburg Man Facing Charges in Robbery Attempt
By Amanda Burke
FITCHBURG -- A city man is in custody after trying unsuccessfully to rob the BP Gas Station on South Street Sunday, according to police.
David Macaloney, 42, of Fitchburg, allegedly told the clerk working at the 942 South St. gas station around 5:30 p.m. that he had a weapon, according to Capt. Steven Giannini.
After Macaloney allegedly demanded money, the gas station clerk confronted him and a physical altercation ensued, he said.
Macaloney then fled from the store without stealing anything, said Giannini. The suspect attempted to run to his car that had been parked across the street from the gas station.
But the clerk had already triggered an alarm alerting police to the robbery in progress, he said.
Macaloney was apprehended by police about “a minute or two” after he attempted to flee, said Giannini. Police did not recover a weapon.
Macaloney was charged with armed robbery, but has not yet been arraigned because District Court was closed Monday in observance of Columbus Day, he said.