ITHACA, N.Y. — The man responsible for robbing three local convenience stores at gunpoint over the course of a week in December has been taken into custody, police say.

Ithaca man Curt Rosenfeld, 32, was charged with three counts of first-degree robbery Wednesday after being taken into custody during a multi-jurisdictional task force effort. He’s accused of robbing the Mirabito Convenience Store at 3:17 a.m. on Dec. 17 in the town of Dryden; the Byrne Dairy at 10:44 p.m. on Dec. 19 in the City of Ithaca, and the Shortstop Deli at 4:18 a.m. on Dec. 24 in the City of Ithaca.

Rosenfeld was arraigned on all the charges at the Dryden Town Court and is in custody at the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of posting bail or bond. His bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond for the two armed robberies that occurred in Ithaca and $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond for the Dryden robbery.

The news release states, “A search warrant was served at Rosenfeld’s residence and the handgun used to commit the robberies was recovered. The handgun is a bb/pellet type gun. Clothing and other items associated with the robberies was recovered during the search warrant service.”

IPD Chief Pete Tyler said a task force involving the Ithaca Police Department, New York State Police, Tompkins County Sheriffs Office, Cornell University Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Ithaca College Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management contributed to the arrest.

He said in a news release, “This was outstanding work by all of the officers and investigators involved. Sharing resources, developing information together, and tracking down leads together is the epitome of teamwork in law enforcement. Today’s arrests are really the result of hard work and determination by everyone involved. Old fashioned police work solved these cases and I am glad we all worked together to accomplish the goal of arresting the perpetrator of these crimes.”

Public Information Officer Jamie Williamson said it is not believed that Rosenfeld is connected with a bank robbery at the Lansing CFCU that happened last week.

“I am thankful for the hard work put forth by the IPD officers and officers from the other police agencies that helped investigate these crime,” Mayor Svante Myrick said in the news release. “It certainly is a job well done by everyone involved.”

Featured image: The Ithaca Police Department released surveillance footage of the Dec. 19 Byrne Dairy robbery.

Editor’s note: Per policy unanimously approved by The Ithaca Voice board of directors in April 2017, news stories do not contain mugshots of people until post-indictment or post-conviction unless there is an immediate danger to the community that could possibly be remedied by posting a mugshot. 

Jolene Almendarez

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