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Store patrons and clerk overpower would-be robber

January 14, 2006|By ROBERT SNYDER

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -

A Martinsburg man got more than he bargained for after being overpowered by patrons and a clerk at an area store during a robbery attempt Thursday.

Shawn Adgrene Myers, 39, of 40 Boarman Place in Martinsburg, was charged with armed robbery after police responded to a report of a robbery in progress at the H-Mart II at Apple Harvest Drive and New York Avenue on Thursday about 10:30 p.m.

According to a police report of the incident, when Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies arrived at the scene, Myers was near the register pinned to the ground by a group of store customers with money from the register lying nearby. The deputies had been waved into the store by a clerk, who directed them to where Myers could be found.

Sheriff's Deputy T.E. Boyles said Myers was confronted after a clerk standing beside the would-be robber observed the gun he was holding didn't appear authentic.

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"The clerk who was still standing next to Myers noticed that the gun was taped up and didn't appear to be real," Boyles said Friday. "I figure he figured he'd take his chances."

Boyles said Myers was piled on by a number of store customers after the clerk began to struggle with him.

A review of the store's video surveillance camera showed Myers allegedly entered the store brandishing a firearm and began taking money from the store's register when a cashier and a patron confronted him, the report read.

An object described as a "pistol-shaped firearm" wrapped in black electrical tape was discovered by police near the store's register, which had been emptied, according to the police report.

Myers continued to struggle as police attempted to handcuff him before being tased, the report read.

Myers is being held at Eastern Regional Jail on $50,000 bail after being arraigned Friday by Magistrate Sandra Miller. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

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