A man displaying a handgun robbed Ithaca’s Shortstop Deli in the wee hours of Christmas Eve, according to a statement from the Ithaca Police Department.
IPD’s Sgt. David Amaro says police responded to the deli on West Seneca Street, in Downtown Ithaca just northwest of the Ithaca Commons, at about 4:20am after receiving reports of an armed robbery at the 24-hour business.
According to a store employee, a suspect displayed a handgun and took a quantity of cash from the register before fleeing the area northbound on North Albany Street. The suspect was described as male, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, and a ski mask covering his face, and light-colored jeans.
The incident comes just days after a similar robbery at the Byrne Dairy convenience store on North Meadow Street and a robbery at the Dandy Mart in Enfield. The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment late last week on developments in the Dandy Mart robbery.
IPD asks that anyone who has information that might aid their investigation contact them through police dispatch at 607-272-3245, the administration line at 607-272-9973, the police tipline at 607-697-0000, or the anonymous online tip form.