A man was arrested twice in the early-morning hours on Wednesday in Ithaca for attempting to make unlawful entry into several residences.
At around 1:00 a.m., Ithaca Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a subject attempting to enter a residence in the 600 block of W Buffalo Street. The resident was able to give a good description of the suspect, and officers quickly stopped a person matching the description. The victim was able to identify the suspect, who was arrested for trespassing and released on an appearance ticket.
Several hours later, beginning at approximately 4:50 a.m., Tompkins County Dispatch received consecutive calls from different locations in the city reporting that a subject had entered their residences unlawfully. The calls spanned from the 300 block of N Plain St. to the 200 block of Stewart Ave. The descriptions given matched the description of the suspect arrested earlier for trespassing. Officers located the same suspect, and he was again positively identified, arrested, and released on an Appearance Ticket as required by law.
The identity of the suspect is not being released at this time as further investigations are pending. No force was used to make entry into the residences.
The Ithaca Police Department is reminding the public to lock their doors and windows to residences, businesses, and vehicles to deter crimes of opportunity. Anyone who believes their residence was entered unlawfully is encouraged to check for any missing items and to contact the Ithaca Police Department.
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