Ithaca, N.Y. — An Ithaca man has been charged in two violent armed robberies that police say occurred in Tompkins County Tuesday night.

Whitley C. Taylor 32, has been charged with two counts of second-degree robbery, a felony, and two counts of second-degree burglary, which is also a felony.

Police have tied Taylor to an armed robbery in which he and another man entered a home in Dryden, hit a victim with a handgun and stole more than $1,000.

Taylor’s also been charged in connection with an attack and robbery at a Lansing home. In both incidents, victims suffered minor injuries, according to police.

Taylor has been arraigned in Lansing Town Court and sent to the Tompkins County Jail on $25,000 cash or $50,000 bail bond.

“The investigation is ongoing and the identity of the second male subject that was involved has not been identified,” sheriff’s deputies said.

Here’s the account police gave of the first robbery:

Around 10 p.m. Tuesday night, sheriff’ deputies, Dryden police, Groton police and TC3 Campus Police were called to a house on Livermore Road in Dryden.

The victims said two men forced their way into the home, struck a victim with a handgun and took more than $1,000. One victim suffered minor injuries.

The pickup truck the men left in did not have a specified color.

Here’s the account police gave of the second robbery:

Around 11:20 p.m., law enforcement was called to Lockerby Hill Road in the Town of Lansing.

The victims said two men who broke into their home wore black jeans, black sweatshirts, black gloves and black ski masks. Both had handguns.

One of the males is described as being approximately 6’ 4” tall, stocky build and the other male is described as being 5’ 6” tall and skinny. They were both identified as black males.

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Jeff Stein

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