ITHACA, N.Y.—The Ithaca Police Department is looking for one suspect in an unarmed, unsuccessful robbery attempt that took place Tuesday afternoon in Ithaca.

Police responded to the CVS on West Clinton Street around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, for a report of a robbery attempt, though the suspect had left the scene by the time police got there.

As detailed in a police press release, a man entered the CVS, went to the pharmacy counter and passed a note to an employee. The note threatened that if the man wasn’t given narcotics, a firearm would be used. He was not given narcotics, did not show a gun and left the store. Police were unable to find the suspect upon a search of the area.

A description was obtained, though, as well as a surveillance picture: a thin white man with “reddish hair, wearing a gray Under Armour sweatshirt, and a dark colored backpack.”

Police are asking for the public’s help if anyone has any further information. Those who wish to remain anonymous may do so.

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at