In case grocery stores weren’t crazy enough today…

…A 33-year-old Billerica man walked into the Market Basket on Wood Street in Lowell and passed a note to an employee at the customer service counter demanding cash.

Cash he got, but he also got stopped on is way out the door by a manager and another employee who realized what was happening. As he was led into an upstairs office, the man tried to jump over a railing and escape, only to be held down until police could arrive about 3:50 p.m.

Herman Wiitala, 33, of 14 Charm Road, Billerica, was being held tonight on a single count of armed robbery. From what I hear detectives from another town are also interested in speaking to him regarding another recent crime. Stay tuned.

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