25-year-old accused of stealing from Alzheimer’s victim

A 25-year-old man has been charged with allegedly stealing $100 from an elderly neighbor who is battling with Alzheimer’s disease, according to state police.

Leslie Alan Price, of 1719 E. Third St., tricked the woman into going with him to the Susquehanna Bank branch office at 1949 E. Third St. on the morning of Oct. 7, police said.

Price falsely identified himself to the teller as the woman’s grandson and said that she needed his help, Trooper Daniel Kozak said.

“While inside the bank, Price had the woman withdraw $100 from her account. He then took the cash from her,” Kozak said.

The trooper said the woman has no memory of leaving her house on the morning the theft occurred.

Following his arraignment Thursday before District Judge Jon E. Kemp on charges of theft and receiving stolen property, Price, who is now living at 1745 Randall Circle, was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

At the time of his arrest Price was free on bail on charges of allegedly stealing copper heat exchangers from his former employer on Palmer Road in Woodward Township in early August. Earlier this year state police also charged him with forgery-related offenses for allegedly altering the amount of a check.

25-year-old accused of stealing from Alzheimer’s victim

As a precautionary measure, Williamsport Area High School was locked down for about 90 minutes late Wednesday morning for an incident that occurred Tuesday night off-campus, a school district spokesman said.

“The lockdown was in response to an incident that happened in the community,” Greg Hayes, the district’s director of public information, said. Classes were not interrupted.

City police Capt. Timothy Miller said the incident involved several students, and one of them – a male teenager – will be petitioned into juvenile court on assault charges.