Man wanted in string of burglaries in Ithaca

By Anna Norris
By Haley Burton

August 10, 2014 Updated Aug 11, 2014 at 11:39 AM EST

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It was a busy weekend for Ithaca Police as numerous crimes took place in the same night and a large number of people were in town for the NASCAR races in Watkins Glen.

Police responded to multiple incidents late Saturday night into Sunday morning, including numerous burglaries and two cars set on fire.

The first incident happened just after 10 p.m. Saturday. Police were called to help the Ithaca Fire Department at a car fire in a parking lot next to GIAC’s Alex Haley Municipal Swimming Pool, on the 400 block of North Albany Street.

Police said they found a 1995 Chevy sedan fully engulfed in flames. The car was completely destroyed, according to police, and arson investigators said the fire is being looked into as suspicious.

At 10:45 p.m., police were called to another vehicle fire. Police said this fire was on the parallel block of the 400 block of North Geneva Street. Police said the interior of a 1992 GMC Sierra pick-up truck was on fire. Investigators believe this fire is suspicious as well.

Around 11:00 p.m., police were called to a residence on the 400 block of North Cayuga Street for a home burglary.

The victim told police he heard someone come in his apartment. The man said he went to check on the noise and ran into someone trying to steal items from his home. The suspected burglar threw a bottle at the man and fled, according to police.

At 11:32 p.m., police were called to check on a stranger passed out in a woman’s car.

The woman told police she found the man, whom she did not know, passed out in her parked car on the 100 block of Sears Street. Police said the passed out man fit the description of the suspected burglar.

Ezra Broadwell, 20, of Ithaca was arrested and charged with burglary in the second degree, a class C felony.

Sunday morning, at approximately 2:30 a.m. police were called to The Warehouse Carpet Outlet at 170 Cecil A. Malone Drive for a burglar alarm activation. Police said one of the windows was smashed in by someone trying to get in the building.

The Warehouse Carpet Outlet had also just been burglarized early Saturday morning, according to police. During Saturday’s burglary, police said an undisclosed amount of money and property were stolen.

Police said it did not look as though the burglar went in the building on Sunday.

At 2:42 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a burglary that had just occurred at a building at 902 Taber St. The building houses multiple businesses, according to police. Police found one of the building’s glass doors smashed in and found damage to a number of other doors and property inside the building.

An undisclosed amount of money and property were stolen from multiple businesses in the building.

Minutes later, while investigating the burglary on Taber Street, police heard another alarm go off in the area. Police found that Ithaca Grain and Pet Supply at 1011 W. Seneca St. had been broken into as well. Police again found a smashed window.

The suspect in all three commercial burglaries is described as a black male with an athletic build. Police said he was wearing a light-colored cardigan, jeans with white stitching on the back and black sneakers. The man was also using a flannel shirt to cover his face at times.

Anyone with any information about these incidents is asked to contact the Ithaca Police Department Investigations Division at (607)272-3245.