The Ithaca Police Department says a 14-year-old Ithaca resident was responsible for “multiple reports of damage to vehicles and buildings” caused by a BB gun in recent incidents, but police chief Pete Tyler says, “We believe there are others involved.”
According to IPD public information officer Jamie Williamson, at least nine separate incidents have been reported. In each case, damage appears to have been caused by a BB gun, in various neighborhoods throughout the City of Ithaca, and at various times of day, “but more so during the late evening and overnight hours.”
On Tuesday afternoon, IPD officers responded to another vandalism report in the 300 block of North Cayuga Street, observed damage to a window, “and tracked down a suspect who was later found to be in possession of a BB gun.”
Police detained the 14-year-old suspect, and the case is being transferred to Tompkins County Family Court for further action, according to IPD.
“Someone probably knows who the other people are that are involved,” says Chief Tyler. “I am asking for the public’s help” in leading police to additional suspects in the damage. “Please be vigilant and notify police of any suspicious behavior that you observe.”
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.