February 7, 2011

Ithaca Resident Arrested for Collegetown Burglary

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Police charged and arrested Ithaca resident James D. Marshall, 26, on Friday afternoon for first-degree burglary and first-degree attempted robbery at a Collegetown residence, according to a statement released by the Ithaca Police Department.

Marshall, who was arraigned in Ithaca City Court on the same day, was then sent to Tompkins County Jail, an IPD spokesperson said. The bail for Marshall’s release was posted at $7,500 cash or bond, the spokesman added.

According to the police statement, an officer responded to the reported burglary at a Collegetown residence on Wednesday at 5:02 p.m.

“The perpetrators then engaged with a physical altercation with one of the tenants, who received superficial cuts and abrasions,” the police said.

The IPD spokesperson did not comment as to whether the tenants were Cornell students or not.

According to the police, however, suspects escaped the scene before the officer’s arrival, and the initial report merely described them as two males.

The police then followed up on several leads, and Marshall was charged and arrested Friday at 2:45 p.m.

As of Monday night, it was not clear how investigators identified Marshall or how he was linked to the reported burglary in Collegetown.

Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation, police said no further information will be released at this time.

In Nov. 2010, a string of burglaries hit Collegetown restaurants, including Sangam Indian Cuisine, the Connection and the Chapter House.  Cash disappeared from the registers, though none of the businesses showed signs of forced entry.  Many businesses in the area made arrangements to spruce up their security.

Original Author: Andrew Hu