Two more small businesses hit in late-night burglary spree

August 18, 2014 by Rachel Cera

Police say two more small businesses were broken into in the early hours of Monday morning, just the latest in a spree of burglaries hitting shops, eateries, and offices in Ithaca. The latest were at opposite ends of the Route 13 corridor on Ithaca's west side.

The Ithaca Police Department says officers responded to an alarm at the Subway sandwich shop in Buttermilk Falls Plaza in Ithaca's southwest at about 2:10am. They found that a burglar had succeeded in entering the business, but it did not appear anything was missing.

Then at nearly 5am, police responded to Purity Ice Cream on Meadow Street on Ithaca's northside, for a reported burglary. They found the entrance door had been smashed in, but they don't know whether the burglar entered the premises.

In both cases, IPD says they expect to receive surveillance video from the businesses that were burglarized, and will continue investigating. Other businesses attacked last week include Angelo's Dry Cleaner and Firehouse Subs, and the Greater Ithaca Activities Center in downtown Ithaca was broken into, as well. Police did not respond to a request for comment on what additional patrols or other measures they are considering to address the rash of burglaries.

Anyone with information or who may have seen the incidents is asked to contact investigators via police dispatch at 607-272-3245, the administration line at 607-272-9973, the Crimestoppers Tipline at 607-697-0333, or the anonymous online tip form.

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