Police are investigating a string of break-ins at businesses in Ithaca this weekend.
Ithaca Police investigated two different calls of break-ins at the Warehouse Carpet Outlet on Cecil Malone Drive this weekend. The first happened around 3 a.m. Saturday, when someone stole money and other items after gaining access to the store through a door and a window.
At 2:30 Sunday morning, police say they responded to a burglar alarm, and found that someone had smashed in a window of the business.
Less than 15 minutes later, police responded to 902 Taber Street, where officers found the glass entry doors to the building were smashed in. Police say doors to a number of businesses inside the building were damaged.
During the Taber Street investigation, police found that the Ithaca Grain and Pet Supply store on West Seneca Street had also been targeted for a break-in. In that incident, police say the suspect smashed out a window and went through items at the store.
Police are looking for a suspect linked to all of the incidents. They’ve described him as a black male with an athletic build, who was wearing a light-colored cardigan-type sweater, jeans with white stitching on the back, and black sneakers.
Police say the suspect used either a plaid shirt or flannel sheet to cover his face.
Anyone with information is asked to call Ithaca Police at 272-3245 or 697-0333.
Reports have come in this summer of multiple break-ins at Ithaca businesses. In July, owners of The Piggery butcher shop reported a burglary at their store on Franklin Street.
The owners of Quilter’s Corner also reported a recent break-in at their business, the third one in five years.