Man on trial for Cortland Kmart robbery

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A Cortland County man is on trial Tuesday for allegedly robbing the Kmart store in Cortlandville and hitting an employee with toolbox sets.

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On Oct. 24, 2014, Chad T. Cain was in the process of stealing four toolbox sets from the store when he was approached by a store manager, according to court documents.

Cain then began striking the employee with the toolbox sets before fleeing the store, according to an account from the Cortland County Sheriff's Department. The store employee was treated at Cortland Regional Medical Center for head injuries and released.

Chad Cain

Chad Cain (Cortland County Sheriff's Department photo)

Cain is facing charges including petit larceny, first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery.

Jurors heard testimony Tuesday from two sheriff's deputies involved in the case. Prosecutors also played back the 911 call that was made by the store manager who was allegedly assaulted.

In his opening statement to the jury, Cain's defense attorney Randolph Kruman asked jurors "to be fair" with Cain. Kruman also asked the jury to look for inconsistencies in the store employee's account of the incident.

Assistant District Attorney Robert DeMarco said Cain did everything he could to evade arrest.

"He struck someone several times who was merely doing their job," DeMarco said. "Someone was just doing their job and suffered a whole bunch of pain."

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