Ithaca police investigate armed bank robbery

By Patrick Lohmann plohmann@syracuse.com,
ITHACA, N.Y. -- A man armed with a handgun robbed an Ithaca bank on Tuesday afternoon, according to Ithaca police.

The man entered the Tompkins County Trust Company at 775 S. Meadow St shortly before 4:40 p.m.

The man held a handgun, wore a mask and demanded that the teller put money into a white, plastic bag he was holding.

Police described him as a 5-foot, 10-inch black man in a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt, with dark blue jeans and white sneakers. He also was described as having a thin build and a soft-spoken voice.

The suspect fled on foot from the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash, heading south behind businesses on Elmira Road, police said.

Police also said the suspect stood in front of the bank for several minutes before entering it.