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Police agencies on 'heightened alert' in search for Ronald Cook

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(WBNG) -- Local authorities are helping the New York State Department of Corrections look for a convicted sex offender. 

According to authorities, on Wednesday, 66-year-old Ronald Cook of Utica removed his GPS ankle bracelet and did not report to his parole officer. 

In an statement released on Friday, the Department of Corrections said it still needs the public's help. "We continue to ask the public for assistance in locating this individual. If you see him please call local law enforcement immediately."

Related: Official: Convicted sex offender cut off GPS tracker, considered dangerous

According to New York State's Sex Offender Registry, Cook was convicted in 1991 of raping a Binghamton woman in October 1990.

Members of the Johnson City Police Department said it was notified by the state, and local authorities are working together. 

"There's warrant officers from different agencies that can run down certain leads and do some investigative techniques to try to find the person quicker," said Sgt. Michael Mason. 

He said the connection to Binghamton has the department on high alert. 

"If any of the investigative information we receive says the person has local ties to our community or nearby communities, they'll get a heightened alert to our area so that our officers can be extra vigilant for that person," said Sgt. Mason. 

Cook is registered as a level 3 sex offender, the highest offense, and is considered to be dangerous. 

Sgt. Mason said people need to be cautious of Cook. 

"The best thing is just to be on the lookout, be aware of the situation so you don't become a victim. The best thing is to be a good witness if you recognize somebody who you believe may be wanted or in particularly this individual, to stay a safe distance and contact 911," he said. 

Authorities say if you know any information about Cook or have see him, call 911.

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