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Suspect Arrested In Ithaca Bank Robbery

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Ithaca police officers responded Thursday to 702 South Meadow Street, Elmira
Savings Bank, for a report that the bank had just been robbed.

Officers arrived on scene and began collecting information from bank employees. Investigation determined that a male
subject entered the bank, brandished a knife, and demanded money from a teller. The teller gave the subject money after which he fled the store. A description of the suspect was broadcast to other police officers.

At about 1:39 pm an IPD officer canvassing the area observed a subject that matched the description of the bank robber standing in front of a nearby
commercial business. This subject, identified as Benjamin Brancato, was positively identified by bank employees as the subject who had just robbed the bank. Brancato was secured in police custody without incident.

Brancato was transported to IPDHQ for processing. Brancato was later arraigned in Ithaca City
Court on one charge of Robbery in the First Degree, a Class B Felony. Brancato was remanded
to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

IPD Chief of Police Pete Tyler stated “I am once again proud of the hard work by our officers. Great teamwork solved this case.

Starting with the initial response by patrol, then broadcasting the description of the suspects to other units and the canvass of the
area, and then spotting the suspect and making the arrest. It was a great job by everyone
involved”. City of Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick stated “I am thankful for the hard work by the
officers who worked this case. Catching a bank robber less than twenty minutes after the
robbery is a testament to their hard work and great teamwork