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Massena man sentenced to six months in jail for stealing taxi moneybag

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MASSENA - A 29-year-old Massena man charged with stealing a money bag from a cab has been sentenced to serve 180 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Darrel P. Dodds of 187 Center St., Apt. 4, to pay a $205 surcharge.

Dodds reportedly took the money bag after receiving a ride from his residence at Bob’s Motel to Massena Memorial Hospital at 2:05 a.m. July 11, 2011. A Massena Transport taxi company driver told police he was filling out paperwork when Dodds took a money bag containing $82.

The guilty plea also satisfied a second petit larceny charge alleging Dodds had shoplifted $27.96 worth of merchandise from Price Chopper on June 7, 2011. Police said the items included Yours and Mine lubricant and a Durex Play Vibrations.

The Massena man had been charged earlier this summer with impersonating a physician in an unsuccessful effort to be prescribed Ritalin from two pharmacies. His felony count had been dismissed following a preliminary hearing in Massena Village Court.

Village police had charged Doddswith first-degree criminal impersonation of a licensed physician on June 16.

He allegedly called Walgreen’s and Kinney Drugs on June 3, identified himself as Dr. Mauer and stated Darrel Dodds needed an emergency supply of Ritalin for the weekend. The man identifying himself as Dr. Mauer said Dodds was out of Ritalin and needed to call in a five-day supply. He initially called Walgreen’s and then called Kinney Drugs.

Mr. Gustafson ruled following a preliminary hearing in June that testimony presented at the proceeding did not provide evidence enough to determine Dodds had committed a felony offense.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Kevin Therrien, 60, of Massena was sent back to the county jail with bail continued at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond on second-degree burglary and forcible touching charges. He had been charged with entering a female acquaintance’s apartment and touching the intimate parts of a sleeping 20-year-old woman he knew from church.

■ Jayson A. Thompson, 27, of East Dublin, Ga., was sent back to the county jail with bail continued at $500 cash or $1,000 bond on a petit larceny count. He was charged with walking out of Price Chopper without paying for two 30-packs of beer, meat products and meat.

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