Robbery suspect returns from California

A former Tioga County man was brought back here this week from Los Angeles to face charges of allegedly robbing three businesses in two-days in late April to support his drug habit, according to court records.

An admitted heroin addict, Alan Michael Dodge, 23, formerly of Mansfield, has been charged with first robbing Sheetz at East Third Street and Westminster Drive on April 25 and then committing two more holdups within 30 minutes the next night; first at Heller’s, 1941 Lycoming Creek Road, and then McDonald’s at 1730 E. Third St.

In all three cases, Dodge reached over and grabbed a handful of bills when the clerks opened a cash register, investigators alleged

Dodge used “the stolen money to purchase heroin,” court records state.

State police Cpl. Christine Fye filed the charges for the two robberies in Loyalsock Township while Old Lycoming Township Cpl. Morris Sponhouse filed the charges for the crime at Heller’s.

Dodge, charged with robbery, theft and receiving stolen property, was arraigned late Wednesday night on Fye’s charges before District Judge Allen P. Page III and committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $300,000.

He was taken from the jail late Friday morning and arraigned before District Judge William Solomon on Sponhouse’s charges. He was recommitted in lieu of an additional $300,000.

In yet another case altogether involving Dodge, the prison inmate was taken from the jail on Thursday and arraigned before District Judge Christian Frey on charges of driving under the influence of controlled substances and driving with a suspended license.

These charges stem from incident on Christmas morning when he was driving a car while under the influence of marijuana, heroin and codeine in the first block of Maynard Street, city police alleged in court papers.

Dodge admitted to the officer that he “came to Williamsport to purchase heroin,” according to an affidavit. He was recommitted in lieu of $2,500 bail.