Felony charges filed after town of Ithaca burglary

Felony charges have been filed against a Groton duo after a January burglary, which was interrupted by law enforcement who responded as it was in progress.

Deputies responded after a call to authorities from a nearby resident claimed that they could hear voices inside a local business in the town of Ithaca after hours.

When deputies arrived, they found a running vehicle. They quickly determined that they interrupted a burglary in progress, and after setting up a perimeter – a male and female were confronted.

Both were attempting to flee from the back of the business. They ran back inside, and after a short search – both were located.

Deputies identified the suspects as Tressa Mikula, 36, and Daniel Samson, 36, both of Groton.

They’re accused of forcing entry into the business and using a hatchet and pry bar to do so. They then used power tools to break into a safe inside the building.

Deputies say the duo may be responsible for other area burglaries. That part of the investigation remains active.

They were both charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Samson was additionally charged with possession of burglar tools, and traffic violations.

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