ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca Police Department is investigating a reported purse theft Thursday afternoon.

At about 2:20 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a reported robbery on the 100 block of North Cayuga Street. The victim told police that they met the suspect to sell a purse. While the victim was showing the purse to the male suspect, he grabbed the purse and fled on foot.

The victim was unharmed.

The suspect is described as a black man, thin build, wearing black pants a black shirt.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information that would help the investigation is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department by any of the following means:

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