ITHACA, N.Y. — A delivery driver was robbed in the city of Ithaca Saturday night, police said.

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The incident happened around 11 p.m. on the 200 block of Cleveland Avenue.

Officials said the thief dropped a knife while running away with the ordered meal, but the weapon was not used during the robbery.

The following news release was distributed by Ithaca police about the incident:

On 01/09/16 at 10:59 PM Ithaca Police Officers responded to a report of a delivery driver having been robbed. Upon officers’ arrival at the scene it was determined that food had been ordered to be delivered to the 200 block of Cleveland Avenue.

The delivery driver had directions to call the customer when he arrived, and he did so. A subject then knocked on the driver’s window, and the driver exited the vehicle with the food to complete the transaction. The subject then forcibly tore the bag of food from the driver’s hands and fled on foot, last seen southbound on South Corn Street.

The driver reported that while the suspect was fleeing he dropped a knife. The knife was reportedly not displayed or used during the crime, but it was located by police and taken into custody as evidence. The suspect was described as being a black male, approximately 5’5″, 150lbs, wearing a red hooded sweat shirt, and a black scarf over his face.

It is believed that the suspect was also the subject who called in the order.

Officers searched the immediate and nearby areas for the suspect with negative results.

Delivery drivers in particular are reminded to be alert and aware of their surroundings, and to call police immediately if encountering any suspicious activity.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Ithaca Police Department through any of the following means:

Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245
Crime Stoppers Tipline: 607-697-0333
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ithaca-Police-Department/268935962829?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ithacapolice

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.