UPDATED POST – JULY 29
Ithaca Police made a second arrest yesterday in one of six armed robbery investigations in just over two weeks.
A 15-year-old juvenile was taken into custody as the subject of an incident last Tuesday night at the Quick Shoppe convenience store on Third St, where he’s accused of robbing the clerk at gunpoint.
The teenager was arraigned and remanded to a secure detention facility pending further court action.
Four additional cases remain unsolved and police ask for anyone with more information to contact them at 607-272-9973.
UPDATED POST – JULY 28
Ithaca police responded to yet another armed robbery last night – making it the sixth in just over two weeks, only one of which has resulted in an arrest.
Officers were called to the Universal Deli-Grocery convenience store on Eddy Street just past 10:00 last night.
A clerk told investigators he was threatened at gunpoint by a man described as having medium-to-dark skin with average height and build.
The suspect was wearing all black and fled westbound with an undisclosed amount of cash after the incident, during which nobody was hurt.
Authorities are now looking for more information to help them with this investigation, as well as the others in recent days that are left unsolved (see below for details).
ORIGINAL POST – JULY 27
Ithaca police are investigating two armed robberies from the weekend reported within hours of each other – and at locations separated by less than a quarter mile of distance.
Although authorities haven’t confirmed the two incidents to be related, the suspect in both cases is described similarly as a heavyset, dark-skinned man wearing a face covering and armed with a handgun.
The first occurred just passed 7:30 pm on Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn on East Seneca Street, where the suspect waited for an empty lobby before threatening a clerk at gunpoint for money.
Officials say the man then ran away on-foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Another armed robbery was reported just before 3:30 am Sunday at the A-Plus gas station on South Cayuga Street, just 0.2 miles from the Hilton.
In that instance, the perpetrator walked around the store for a few moments before sticking up the cashier with a gun reportedly concealed in a black backpack.
No injuries were reported in either incident.
Police did make an arrest on Sunday morning for an unrelated armed burglary, which happened around 9:30 am at a convenience store in the 200 block of N. Meadow Street.
Their investigation eventually led them to arrest 40-year-old Allen Forrest, of Lansing, who’s accused of robbing the store at gunpoint and has since been remanded to jail.
Altogether, the two unsolved cases now make a total of four armed robbery investigations started by Ithaca police over the last 15 days.
Community members who may have additional information on the recent gun crimes are being asked to come forward and may remain anonymous if they wish to do so.