ITHACA, N.Y.—Officers from the Ithaca Police Department responded to Rosie’s Ice Cream on East Seneca Street at approximately 2:13 a.m. on Monday, July 11 for a reported burglary in progress.
Business owners told officers that they could see a suspect in the business in live time via their security cameras, though police on the scene discovered that the suspect had fled the premises. Evidence of the burglary was found, and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.
After reviewing the security footage, it was determined that the cash theft and initial burglary had occurred around 11:30 p.m. on July 10, and the response by police later that night was due to a second suspect entering the business at a separate time. At this time, it is unknown if the two suspects were working together.
Between Saturday, July 9, and Monday, July 11, five more burglaries occurred around town.
Automotive Consultants on Elmira Road was burglarized after forced entry sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning.
Sometime between 8:30 p.m. July 10 and 6 a.m. July 11, forced entry to Lincoln Street Diner resulted in an undisclosed amount of stolen cash, and the Fall Creek House faced a similar fate: forced entry and missing money.
At approximately 4:05 a.m. on July 11, The Milk Stand on North Meadow Street was also entered by force and money was stolen, and sometime between 3:30 p.m. July 9 and 7:30 a.m. July 11, Ace Security on West Green Street reported that hand tools and a safe drill were stolen from a work van that had been broken into.
IPD is investigating the cases and links and connections are being considered. Anyone with information is urged to contact the department at (607)330-0000 or www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips.