Hickey's Music Center

Michael J. Thomas, 33, of Ithaca was arrested on July 7 at approximately 10:36 a.m. for his involvement in four of the recent commercial burglaries, according to a statement from the Ithaca Police Department’s Investigative Division.

Thomas was charged with four counts of Burglary in the 3rd Degree, a Class D Felony, for his alleged involvement in break-ins on June 20at Mr. Tire on Elmira Road, June 27 at Ithaca Grain Pet Supply on W. Seneca Street, June 28 at the K&H Redemption Center on W. State Street, and on June 29 at Papa John’s Pizza on Franklin Street.

Additional charges for burglary against Thomas are expected, according to the IPD.

The IPD had previously announced another burglary had occurred on July 6 at Hickey’s Music Store on 104 Adams Street.

That brings the total number of recently reported commercial burglaries to ten.

Thomas was arraigned in Ithaca City Court at approximately 2:30 p.m. and released on his own recognizance.

(4) comments

thomas tordel jr

well, it's nice to know he's walking the streets,,,,what could possibly be wrong with that?

Elisabeth Hegarty

How could the police release a person who has allegedly committed 10 - TEN - burglaries? I have never seen anything so nonsensical in my life - if this is an example of the revamped police department, I shudder to think who else is going to be released in the future.

Allen Abrahams

A person is innocent until PROVEN guilty in court. There are alleged and unproven.

If you want to live in a society where they can lock you up until you can prove you are innocent, there are other options outside the US and even in other states. Perhaps you would be happier there.

herebeorht howland-bolton

Amen, I once spent 5 months in jail for having 2 empty bags of dope in my pocket during an illegal search and seizure. This was many years ago. It’s quite difficult to prove your innocence while your already serving time for a crime you’ve yet to be found guilty of..

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