ITHACA, N.Y. — A woman is being charged after police say she forced her way into an Ithaca home and tried stealing cigarettes and a man’s wallet.

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Kimberly Larkin, 37, is facing charges for felony third-degree robbery and second-degree burglary, along with a misdemeanor for fourth-degree criminal mischief, court records show.

According to accusatory statements, Larkin went to a man’s apartment on Jan. 19 at 319 S. Cayuga St. and rang the bell. The man told police that he allowed her to stay at his home on a cold December night in 2014, but told her she was not welcome back because she allegedly stole money and cigarettes from him.

This night, though, the man extended his arm across the door frame and told Larkin she could not go inside. She allegedly pushed her way in and, after a physical struggle with the 60-year-old man, she made her way toward the living room.

Once inside, the man told police she lit one of his cigarettes and tried to take the rest of his pack and wallet. When he called police, she tried to smack his phone away, making it fall to the ground in pieces.

She fled the residence once the man was able to reassemble the phone and call police. Shortly afterward, she was taken into custody by  police.

A Tompkins jail official said Thursday that Larkin was previously in custody but, as of Thursday morning, has been released.

She’s due to appear in court again on Feb. 19.

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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.