ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon at the Tompkins Trust Company on Meadow Street in Ithaca.

At about 4:39 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a reported bank robbery at Tompkins Trust Company, located at 775 S. Meadow St. in Ithaca.

Bank employees told police that a man entered the building with a handgun held down to his side and approached a bank teller demanding they put money into a white plastic bag he was holding. The bank teller complied and the man fled on foot south behind businesses located on Elmira Road, police said.

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Police did not disclose how much cash was stolen.

The suspect is described as a black man, about 5-feet 10-inches tall with a thin build and soft spoken voice. He was wearing a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt, dark blue jeans, white sneakers and had a mask covering his face, police said.

Video surveillance showed the suspect was standing near the bank for several minutes before committing the robbery, police said.

Anyone with information that could aid the investigation are asked to contact police by any of the following means:

Kelsey O'Connor

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