The Ithaca Police Department says they're investigating 27 separate complaints of vandalism, or criminal mischief, stemming from incidents that occurred in the late-night hours of Tuesday and early-morning hours of Wednesday this week. The incidents occurred on the City's south side and in the southwest.
The incidents affected family homes, personal vehicles, commercial businesses, and public property on Elmira Road, South Albany Street, North Titus Avenue, South Titus Avenue, Wood Street, Turner Place, Hudson Street, Park Street, and East Spencer Street. The affected cars were damaged in commercial parking lots, on public streets, and in private driveways, according to IPD public information officer Jamie Williamson.
Car windows were shot out and items stolen from within. Photo provided by IPD.IPD says the perpetrators appear to have used a BB-style or pellet gun to shoot out glass windows in cars and houses. A number of vehicles were broken into and rummaged through, and items were stolen from several vehicles. In some cases, the perpetrators started a fire on the seats of the vehicles. Each fire went out on its own.
The Ithaca Police Department has advised area residents in the past to make sure that cars are parked in a well-lit area and are locked, and that valuable items that could attract a thief should be removed from the car or locked in the trunk, never left in sight.
Ithaca police ask that anyone who might have information that could aid their investigations contact them at 607-272-9973, or use the crime stoppers anonymous tipline at 607-697-0333 or online.