ITHACA, N.Y.—Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten has announced the indictments of two people in connection to recent incidents around the City of Ithaca.

Most prominently, Michael Thomas, 33 years old of Newfield, was indicted by a grand jury on 16 counts of third-degree burglary for a string of break-ins at businesses around the city, including the Antler Restaurant, Hickey’s Music Center, Fall Creek House, and several others. Thomas was arrested several times over a weeks-long stretch during the summer.

Third-degree burglary is a Class D felony, according to Van Houten’s press release, and each charge is worth a maximum of seven years incarceration if he is convicted. An indictment is not a conviction.

Separately, Van Houten announced the indictment of Troy Washington, 45 years old of Ithaca, who is accused of second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree attempted assault. His charges stem from an incident on Aug. 19, reportedly outside of the Boatyard Grill on Taughannock Boulevard, in which he allegedly fired a gun at an employee in the parking lot after an incident at the restaurant. The employee was not hit.

Washington was arrested later that night, arraigned and held without bail in Tompkins County Jail. The most serious of his charges, the second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, carries a maximum sentence of 15 years incarceration if convicted.

Matt Butler

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