ITHACA, N.Y.—Ithaca Police have announced an arrest in connection with an alleged robbery that took place on Friday, Sept. 10 at the Home Depot on Elmira Road.

Police said they responded to a report of someone pushing a shopping cart “with a large amount of unpaid merchandise out of the store.” Employees followed the person out of the story to stop him, but police claimed that witnesses said the suspect then “produced a knife and threatened the employees with it.” He then fled the area with the stolen goods, though they were found a short time later.

Police have arrested Richard Z. Andrews, of Ithaca, for the Home Depot robbery and another commercial burglary that occurred earlier in September. Because of his previous convictions, Andrews was remanded to Tompkins County Jail, police said.

Matt Butler

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