Ithaca police officers searched an area around Brindley Street, Cherry Street, and Cecil Malone Drive in Ithaca’s west end and southwest this morning, looking for a suspect in an armed bank robbery, but police say they did not locate the suspect.
The robbery occurred at the Taughannock Boulevard location of the Tompkins Employees Federal Credit Union. Police say “a black male entered the bank, displayed a handgun and pointed it at several employees, and ordered the teller to give him money.” The suspect fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash after the teller complied.
A statement from the Ithaca Police Department says officers were on scene “within seconds of the initial call,” at about 8:32am. Acting police chief Pete Tyler tells us officers “were doing an area search with a last known direction of travel of the suspect” this morning.
The suspect was described as a dark-skinned black male, about 5’10” tall and medium build, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and dark pants. He wore a mask covering his face.
IPD asks that anyone who might know more about the robbery, or with other information that might aid their investigation, contact them 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.