UPDATE: Ithaca police arrested Richard Z. Andrews, 29, in relation to the robbery. He was charged with robbery in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and burglary in the third degree. He was remanded to Tompkins County Jail without bail due to prior felony convictions.
ORIGINAL STORY: A man threatened Home Depot employees with a knife after they confronted him for stealing merchandise. Ithaca police were called at 3:14 p.m. on Sept. 10 for the reported robbery. According to police, employees said they observed the suspect pushing a shopping cart with a large amount of unpaid merchandise out of the store. The employees followed the suspect outside which is when the suspect reportedly produced a knife, threatened employees and fled the area with the stolen merchandise. The stolen goods were recovered nearby.
Police are investigating and asking any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.
Police Dispatch: (607)272-3245
Police Administration: (607)272-9973
Police Tipline: (607)330-0000
Anonymous Tip Submission: www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips