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Second Man Attempts Break-In at Ed Sullivan Theater

By DNAinfo Staff on July 14, 2011 7:05am  | Updated on July 14, 2011 10:30pm

The Ed Sullivan Theater, which was broken into for a second time in a week Thursday.
The Ed Sullivan Theater, which was broken into for a second time in a week Thursday.
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By Della Hasselle, Tuan Nguyen, Olivia Scheck and Tom Liddy

DNAinfo Staff

MIDTOWN — An attention-seeking musician broke into the Ed Sullivan Theater early Thursday morning, the second time this week that somebody has smashed their way into the home of the "Late Show with David Letterman," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Alvin Moore, 42, of Sebring, Fla., allegedly hurled a newspaper box at the ornate doors of the theater, at 1693 Broadway, shattering the glass before being stopped by a security guard around 1 a.m.

"He was jealous of the publicity that the first individual received," said Kelly, reffering to an incident that occurred at the theater on Monday.  "It's going to help his music career, is what he said."

Alvin Moore, second from right, rehearsing for
Alvin Moore, second from right, rehearsing for "Smokey Joe's Cafe" in 2009. Moore was suspected of burglarizing the Ed Sullivan Theater on July 14, 2011.
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Highlands Today

Kelly said the theater security guard was holding a golf club when he came upon the suspect. Moore was able to grab the club, but the guard wrestled it back and hit the alleged prowler on the head, according to the police commissioner.

Moore, who is listed as a fan of the "Late Show" on his Facebook page, was arrested and taken to St. Luke's Hospital for cuts to his head. He was later charged with criminal mischief, trespassing and harassment and held in lieu of $10,000 cash or bond at his arraignment.

Kelly said Moore is an aspiring musician. The AP reported he was frustrated because Letterman had not responded to demo tapes Moore sent the comedian.

He allegedly used a metal newspaper stand to break the glass, causing $1,500 in damage, according to the criminal complaint. A witness said Moore hit the doors several times before being stopped.

“Maybe for a couple of minutes, he banged about four times before the security guy came down and screamed out, ‘What are you doing?’” said the man who works nearby and asked not to be named.

“He banged one more time and that was about that. Then the police came a little bit afterwards and then the ambulance."

Moore has acted in a number of plays for Highlands Little Theatre, in Sebring, and has penned a self-published book, "Visions of a Self-Named Prophet, or the Legend of Exterminator 13," according to Highlands Today.

The rambling tome — 600 pages of prose and 75 pages of poetry — addresses dreams, sci-fi and ESP among other issues and includes illustrations, the site said. It was published through the website Xlibris.

"This book has many intentions, but as for an overall synopsis and what to look forward to is an indepth analysis based on experience," a descriptions says on the site. "Experiences based on Sci-Fi, Dreams, ESP, Broadcasting as a Collective Conscious, the Broadcasting of Thought, Parallel Universes, Alternate Realities, Stolen Identity, Reincarnation, and Time Travel all intertwined within an Autobiography."

Moore, who has lived in all five boroughs, moved to Florida after working on the sets of movies and plays, the report said.

The suspect is listed on the website of Highlands County Sheriff, in Florida, for a 2010 battery arrest, though local prosecutors said the case had been dismissed.

In the earlier break-in, on Sunday, singer Jimmy Whittemore, 22, was arrested after allegedly smashing his way into the theater and trashing the lobby.

"Wow, I was just here on Sunday," said glass repairman Angelo Lopez as he turned up to fix the damage Thursday.

Whittemore, of Harlem, was apparently on a drunken rampage when he smashed the doors and urinated on them.

He was charged with burglary and criminal mischief and is accused of knocking over stanchions, pulling objects from the walls and forcing his way into an office where he allegedly tossed around phones and printers, police said.

Whittemore later told the New York Daily News  he was ashamed of the drunken raid, which he said he couldn't remember.

"I wanted to have fun. I never meant for this happen," Whittemore told the paper. "I just want to apologize to the theater people. I'm ashamed. I'm still bothered."