Ithaca, N.Y. — Someone broke into the Ithaca to Go offices on the city’s west side last Monday, July 7.

Three days later — Thursday, July 10 — it happened again.

“Our concern is the repetitive nature of it,” said Amy Zarbock, co-owner and co-founder of Ithaca to Go, which offers food delivery and catering services online. “There are a lot of breaking-and-enterings happening and we don’t want them escalating.”

Here’s the account Zarbock gave of the break-ins:

1) Stolen safes

Around 6:22 p.m. on July 7, someone stole two safes from the back offices of Ithaca to Go at 902 Taber Street.

The thief walked into the main lobby of the building after everyone had left but before the property manager had locked up the Ithaca to Go office. There are four separate business offices in the building complex.

The man then went into a back office and broke the anchors of the safes, Zarbock said. He then somehow took off with the two safes on his bike, store surveillance footage showed, according to Zarbock.

“Everybody was pretty astounded by that, because it would take a certain amount of dexterity to balance” the heavy safes while riding the bike, Zarbock said.

Zarbock didn’t say how much money was in the safe.

Zarbock said police later found two safes floating at the top of the creek, near the Jungle. They had been broken open and the money was missing.

Zarbock said Ithaca police have been investigating the incident.

(Zarbock provided the following surveillance video:)

2) Ice cream sandwiches taken

Around 10:45 p.m. last Thursday, someone again broke into Ithaca to Go’s office.

A man entered through the side of the building complex by taking out the air conditioners, Zarbock said.

The burglar then proceeded to go through all four businesses in the building complex, Zarbock said. Video evidence shows that he was in the building for several hours alone.

However, Zarbock said that despite access to expensive equipment and other goods, this second thief did not take much.

“They only ended up taking some Purity Ice Cream sandwiches we had in the back,” Zarbock said, “it’s very strange.”

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.