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Break-ins reported across Ithaca area; police investigate theft at Cornell sailing center

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More reports came in Tuesday of break-ins at properties around Ithaca.

Owners of the Piggery Butcher Shop, who were targeted last month in a break-in, say their store alarm went off at about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, triggering a response from police.

They say it doesn’t appear that anyone got inside the store.

Meanwhile, Cornell Police are releasing more details about a break-in over the weekend at the Merrill Family Sailing Center on East Shore Drive.

Police say between Saturday evening and Sunday morning, someone damaged a glass door and broke in, stealing a safe with $105 inside, along receipts and miscellaneous items.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cornell Police at 255-1111.

Three separate incidents were reported in Ithaca early Monday, and reports are surfacing of break-ins happening outside the city.

Gerry Angel is the product manager at Cayuga Xpress, located on Hanshaw Road in the town of Dryden. He says someone broke into their business late Sunday or early Monday.

He said the thief or thieves kicked out a window and glass in the front and back of the building, and stole a safe from inside.

“I heard about some other small businesses, and it’s just kind of alarming,” Angel said. “It’s the little business owners, and they really get hurt, because this is their sole livelihood. It’s harder for them to recoup than it is for a box store.”

Tompkins County Undersheriff Derek Osborne confirmed Monday that they’ve seen an increase this summer in property break-ins.

“We always have an increase in burglaries and property crimes in the summertime,” Osborne told WHCU. “That’s when people that commit such crimes are more mobile.”

Osborne says they’ve also seen increased break-ins at storage units around the county, with thieves cutting off locks, stealing items, and putting new locks on without the victims noticing.

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