Two area convenience stores hit by burglaries on consecutive nights

August 21, 2014 by Rachel Cera

The Tompkins County Sheriff's Department is investigating a pair of burglaries in which cigarettes were stolen from convenience stores near Ithaca this week. The Dandy Mini Mart in Slaterville Springs and the Dandy Mini Mart in Enfield were broken into on Tuesday night and Wednesday night, respectively.

Surveillance video caught a burglar in the Dandy Mini Mart in Slaterville Springs late Tuesday night. Provided by TCSD.Surveillance video caught a burglar in the Dandy Mini Mart in Slaterville Springs late Tuesday night. Provided by TCSD.Sheriff's deputies responded to an alarm late Tuesday night, at about 12:20 Wednesday morning, to the Dandy Mini Mart on Slaterville Road, Route 79 in Slaterville Springs, several miles east of Ithaca near Caroline Elementary School. Deputies said the front window had been smashed to gain entry, and the burglar stole multiple cartons of cigarettes.

A burglar at Dandy Mini Mart in Enfield. Provided by TCSD.A burglar at Dandy Mini Mart in Enfield. Provided by TCSD.The next night, at about 1:12 this morning, deputies responded to the Dandy Mini Mart on Mecklenburg Road, Route 79 in Enfield, several miles west of Ithaca. Again, a window had been smashed and the burglar stole cartons of cigarettes.

Sheriff Kenneth W. Lansing tells us they are working with the Ithaca Police Department, New York State Police, and Cornell University Police Department to investigate the burglaries, which follow a rash of commercial break-ins within the City of Ithaca. "IPD, TCSD and NYSP Investigators work hand-in-hand with each other virtually every day on the respective cases they are working," Jamie Williamson at the Ithaca Police Department says. "We network and share information on a daily basis and this has proven to be a valuable and effective tool in solving and preventing crime."

The Sheriff asks that anyone with information that could help them investigate these crimes call the TCSD main number at 607-257-1345, county dispatch at 607-272-2444, or the Sheriff's Department tip line at 607-257-5420.

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