The Golden Star confirmed on Monday afternoon that there was an attempted armed robbery at the Nicholson Store at around 2:30 p.m. No injuries or fatalities were reported.
Store owner, Beth Palumbo, was on the scene at the time of the attempt and contacted police.According to Palumbo, the attempt started with two potential customers coming into the store wearing balaclavas.
“Two potential customers came through the door, I went to greet them and I noticed they were wearing balaclavas. I was going to tell them they had to remove their facial mask if they were going to come into a business,” said Palumbo. “My sister came up to me to say something and it caught them off guard that I wasn’t alone. At that same time, I noticed that he was putting a gun back into his pocket and I realized that they were wearing the balaclavas not because they were cold, but because they were disguising themselves.”
As the two left the store, Palumbo followed on foot as the two men briskly headed north along the train tracks.
“They walked briskly away, they didn’t run, and I phoned 911 and the police came out and looked for them,” said Palumbo. “I believe they threw the gun away. The police are still actively trying to find it and the police have picked them up and they’re in custody.”
“They’re just actively looking for the weapon, I don’t know if it was real or if it was a toy, I only got a flash of it.”
Palumbo returned to work immediately after, citing that she was more angry than afraid over the attempt.
“I was just pissed off, I recognized who it was and I was pissed off that it was a local,” said Palumbo. “That he would do that, that he was in a position that he had to go that far. I think he’s just in a really bad situation family wise, and he wanted a way out, and he thought that this was the way to get some money to maybe start a life somewhere else.”