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Man arraigned in robbery of Martinsburg club

Shane Lee McGrain is accused of taking $3,453 from Club 313

September 20, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police said a man charged in the May armed robbery of a club in Martinsburg told officers that he worked for a lawn service and had mowed grass at the business, according to court documents.

Shane Lee McGrain, 36, of 8224 Tuscarora Pike in Martinsburg, was arraigned Wednesday on one count of armed robbery by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, according to court documents.

McGrain is accused of taking $3,453 from Club 313 at 930 Foxcroft Ave. on May 16, according to court documents.

Martinsburg Police Department officers were told the robber, who was well-dressed, entered the club shortly after it opened at 7 a.m., according to court documents.

He first sat down in front of a lottery machine and ordered a drink from the employee who opened the business, according to court documents.

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After she served him, police were told the suspect followed her back toward the kitchen and placed what she thought was a gun to her neck, according to court documents.

When the gunman told her he was there to rob the business, the employee told police that she laughed because she didn’t think he was serious, according to court documents.

She realized otherwise when she tried to push away from him and a struggle ensued, according to court documents

In the struggle, she was able to knock the gun out of the robber’s hand, and she told police that the supposed firearm sounded like it was made out of plastic when it landed, according to court documents.

The employee told police that after her hands and feet were zip-tied together, she was asked where the money was and the robber took it, according to court documents.

Before leaving the club, the robber wiped off things he touched with a towel in an apparent attempt to eliminate fingerprints, but police were able to recover one from the drinking mug he used, according to court documents.

Police said McGrain told them in an interview that he looked at outstanding bills that he owed for his family the morning of the incident and decided he needed to get money to pay them, according to court documents.

According to police, McGrain also admitted to disposing of a toy gun and clothing he had worn in the robbery in a dumpster behind Buffalo Wild Wings off Foxcroft Avenue.

One of McGrain’s co-workers told police that on the morning of the robbery, he and McGrain went to mow at the business about 8 a.m. as normal, but were unable to at that time because police were there.

Police said the co-worker indicated he had no knowledge of the robbery or McGrain’s alleged involvement, according to court documents.

Police said McGrain indicated he went home and changed his clothes after the robbery and met his co-worker to go mowing for the day, according to court documents.

McGrain told police that he never intended to hurt the employee and that he was sorry for committing the robbery, according to court documents.

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