Great Barrington police arrest man hiding in trunk of a car for robbing gas station

A New York man found hiding in the trunk of a car was arrested Tuesday by Great Barrington police for the alleged armed robbery of a gas station, police said in a statement.

Two other men were also arrested and charged in connection with the robbery of the South Main Street Mobil XTRA Mart on Route 7, police said.


Francis Taikowski Jr., 25, of Warrensburg, New York was found hiding in the trunk of a car on Tuesday, one day after he and two friends allegedly robbed the gas station, police said in a statement issued Wednesday.

According to police, Taikowski entered the gas station shortly after 3 a.m. Monday wearing a black ski mask and a bag over his hand to indicate that he might have a firearm.

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He allegedly pressed the bag against the store clerk and demanded money before leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The clerk was able to identify Taikowski and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

An officer spotted the suspect’s car Tuesday at approximately 4:30 p.m. After searching the vehicle, police arrested Michael Thorpe, 35, of Great Barrington and Jeremy Babcock, 28 of Housatonic, before finding Taikowski in the trunk.


Taikowski was charged with asked armed robbery, assault to commit armed robbery, and larceny.

He was held at the Great Barrington Police Department on $30,000 bail pending his arraignment at Pittsfield District Court.

Thorpe was charged with accessory after the fact and Babcock was charged with witness intimidation.

Both men were held on $1,000 bail at the Great Barrington Police Department and were released Wednesday morning.

Both are set to be arraigned Thursday at Southern Berkshire District Court.

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