ITHACA, N.Y. — A 14-year old male is charged with robbing an Ithaca gas station early Monday morning, police said.

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The incident happened around 12:40 a.m. at the Fastrac Markets gas station at 214 N. Meadow St., according to a news release from the Ithaca Police Department.

Officials took a suspect into custody within three hours after an officer recognized the robber in a surveillance video at the store.

The male’s name is not being released because he is a minor, police said.

IPD provided the following details about the incident:

On August 10, 2015 at about 12:40 am IPD officers responded to the Fastrac Gas Station in the 200 block of North Meadow Street regarding a robbery that had just occurred.

Officers arrived on scene and interviewed the clerk, who advised that a young male had just taken an unknown
amount of cash from the register and then fled the area on foot.

The clerk advised that the suspect entered the store and approached her to make a purchase. The clerk advised that she opened the cash register to complete the transaction. The clerk advised that as she did so the young male reached into the cash register and took an undisclosed amount of cash, and then fled on foot.

The clerk provided officers with a description of the suspect. Officers also reviewed the store’s surveillance video of the incident. An officer recognized the suspect from the video.

At about 3:30 am an IPD officer located the suspect in the 600 block of West Buffalo Street. The suspect was secured in police custody and transported to IPDHQ for processing. The suspect was found to be a fourteen year old male. The identity of the suspect is not being released due to his age. The suspect was charged with Robbery in the Third Degree.

The suspect was processed and released to the custody of a parent.

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