Man, 60, Charged with Gas Station Robbery
LOWELL -- A 60-year-old Billerica man with a history of armed robbery convictions was ordered held on $75,000 cash bail as he appeared in court to face accusations he threatened to shoot an 18-year-old convenience store clerk during a robbery.
Billerica police say Michael Girouard, of 0 Brandon St., robbed the Petrolex Gas Station, at 80 Chelmsford Road, Sunday morning about 3:20 a.m. And police reports say Girouard is a suspect in two other heists as well.
Girouard got three packs of Newport cigarettes and three packs of Marlboro cigarettes from the clerk at Petrolex before drawing a revolver and saying “give me what you got,” according to police reports.
When the clerk moved toward a register, Girouard continued pointing the revolver at the teenager and said “try anything and I’ll shoot you,” according to a police report.
Girouard then fled the store and got into a vehicle driven by Nichole Donlon, 36, who lives at the same Billerica address as Girouard, according to police reports.
Girouard was arrested on Monday about 1 p.m., after Billerica Sgt. Steve Elmore saw him getting into a vehicle with Donlon on Brandon Street, and recognized that he resembled the robbery suspect, according to police reports.
Girouard is charged with armed robbery, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition, and firearms violation with three prior violent/drug convictions.
Donlon was not immediately arrested, but gave police a statement saying she drove Girouard to the store and then drove him home again when he exited the store with a gun in his hand and yelled “go go go,” according to a police report.
Donlon was charged with accessory after the fact of armed robbery. She was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail at her arraignment Tuesday in Lowell District Court.
Police reports say Girouard is also a suspect in a robbery at Variety Plus, 135 Nashua Road, Billerica, which was robbed later Sunday; and in a robbery at the Mobil gas station at 2 Main St., in Tewksbury, which was robbed on Monday about 4:40 a.m.
Girouard’s attorney, Joanne Daley, got Judge David Frank to allow Girouard to remain out of sight during his arraignment due to potential identification issues involved in the investigation of those other robberies.
Assistant District Attorney Gabrielle Lomanno requested $150,000 cash bail for Girouard and $10,000 cash bail for Donlon. Lomanno said Girouard has several prior robbery convictions, and as a result may face up to life in prison if his case is moved to superior court.
Donlon’s attorney, Patrick Richard, said Donlon had no advanced knowledge of the robbery, and then had an armed man jump into her car and remain by her side for 24 hours before she spoke to police.
Police reports indicate a second man, Peter Delpapa, 48, also of 0 Brandon St., Billerica, was involved in the third heist at the Mobil station in Tewksbury, and that he is also a suspect in the robbery at Variety Plus in Billerica.
On Tuesday evening, Tewksbury police announced that Delpapa was arrested and charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm without a license in connection with the heist in Tewksbury.
Delpapa will be arraigned today in Lowell District Court.
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