Group brazenly robs Collegetown apartment while student residents were home

September 2, 2014 by Rachel Cera

The Ithaca Police Department says Collegetown residents reported a burglary and subsequent assault early Sunday morning after a group waltzed in through the front door and stole a computer. The incident occurred at about 3am Sunday at 109 Catherine Street.

IPD says the victim reported to police that he and his roommate were at home when they heard the front door open. They went to investigate, and saw "several male subjects leaving the apartment," one of them with a computer belonging to one of the residents.

One of the victims told police he chased after the burglars, and when he caught up a block away, one of them punched him in the face and fled. The victim went to the hospital for treatment of possible broken facial bones.

IPD says the victims described the subjects as black men with one wearing a white tank top, one wearing a red t-shirt, and one wearing a dark-colored tank top.

Cornell University sent a crime alert to members of the campus community this afternoon urging people to lock their doors and windows, even when they're home.

IPD asks that anyone with information that might aid their investigation contact the criminal investigations unit through 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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