Man held in robbery attempt of San Carlos Shell station pleads not guilty 

The man who turned himself in Monday over a failed robbery attempt at a Shell gas station in San Carlos last week pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Shane Connolly, a 31-year-old Redwood City resident, is alleged to have attempted to rob the gas station in the 1000 block of El Camino Real about 6:45 p.m. on Feb. 26.

Prosecutors said that Connolly entered the establishment, pushed the cashier to the ground and demanded he open the cash drawer.

The cashier reportedly resisted and pushed Connolly back, but not before Connolly allegedly tried to grab the clerk's keys and open the register himself, prosecutors said.

Connolly is then alleged to have fled the scene in a white pickup truck.

On Monday, Connolly turned himself in to San Mateo police and was reportedly apologetic and said that he was in alcohol and drug rehabilitation and that he had relapsed.

Connolly pleaded not guilty to attempted robbery charges Tuesday. He remains in custody on $50,000 bail and will return to court March 17.

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