ITHACA, N.Y. — Several people in Ithaca have reported that their car windows were smashed this week, and a car was stolen.  No arrests have been made in connection with the incidents yet, but Ithaca police are investigating.

Officer Jamie Williamson, public information officer for the Ithaca Police Department, said officers responded to seven reports of criminal mischief and car windows being smashed Tuesday, and one report of a car being stolen over the weekend. One car’s windows were smashed near the Ithaca Commons, and one in the Cayuga Street Parking Garage. Four others were in the area of Fall Creek.

Williamson said a car that was unlocked and had the keys inside was reported stolen on Feb. 17, but was recovered.

An employee of OptiVision of Ithaca said his car windows were smashed twice this week. First, he found a passenger window smashed out on Tuesday in the alley behind their business on the Commons. And then the employee said when he went forward with pressing charges, they retaliated and smashed his windshield and his back window the following afternoon. He said the damage will likely cost over $1,000.

A local resident, who requested to remain anonymous, said he parked on the seventh floor of the Cayuga Street Parking Garage on Tuesday afternoon and said when he returned to his car, he found a window smashed, but nothing stolen.

Williamson said the IPD is still pursuing leads, but no arrests have been made yet.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IPD at:

Police Administration: 607-272-9973
Police Tipline: 607-330-0000
Anonymous Email Tip Address:

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