Man sentenced for involvement in a series of bank robberies

By City News Service

An ex-con who pleaded guilty to six bank robbery counts for a series of heists in San Diego County was sentenced Oct. 3 to 20 years in state prison.

Robert Anthony Hodge’s motion to withdraw his admissions was denied by Judge Peter Deddeh before the sentence was pronounced.

Authorities said Hodge was arrested in Mexico following a hold-up near University Town Centre in which an accomplice was shot by a security guard.

Casey Allen Wilson, who was shot in the face and arm after threatening a teller with a stun gun, ran out to a car being driven by Hodge and was taken to a hospital. Wilson, 28, pleaded guilty to charges stemming from two robberies and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Laura Elshire, 43, who was captured inside the Wells Fargo bank branch, pleaded guilty to robbery and was imprisoned for 19 years.

San Diego police Detective DeWayne Glazewski testified last year that Hodge confessed to his role in several bank robberies dating back to 2012 in El Cajon, Santee, La Jolla,

Carmel Valley

and 4S Ranch.

Investigators dubbed it the Dum Dum’’ series because a jar of lollipops was taken during one of the hold-ups.

Hodge was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the robberies, and an additional nine years for various prior convictions, including possessing a weapon in prison.