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Suspect charged in Staples armed robbery

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A 24-year-old man was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery in connection with a Jan. 25 stick-up in Staples.

Joshua James McKenna is accused of pulling a gun from his waist band of his pants and holding up the Staples Self Serve around 2:35 p.m.

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According to court documents, McKenna produced a handgun, then got upset when the clerk was taking to long, slamming the gun on the counter and yelling, "I'm not [expletive] kidding." He then scooped the money out of the cash drawer and left the store, court records said.

Investigators from the Staples Police Department and Wadena County Sheriff's Office followed up on leads from the public, motor vehicle records and cell phone tower tracking, which led them to McKenna and a female suspect.

McKenna was interviewed in Grafton, N.D., and told police a third person was involved and he was the one who committed the robbery.

The woman, who has not been charged, had told friends of hers that the cops were closing in on her and she'd be going to jail for a long time.

McKenna's next hearing will be March 19.

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