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Florida Showman Pleads Guilty to Ed Sullivan Theater Mayhem

By Tom Liddy | August 30, 2011 6:43am

MANHATTAN — The Florida showman who was accused of hurling a newspaper box at the Ed Sullivan Theater has pleaded guilty, officials said.

Alvin Moore, 42, of Sebring, Fla., copped to criminal mischief and harassment on Aug. 17 after first being sent to Rikers Island more than a month beforehand, sources said.

Moore, who was released on Aug. 25, was the second person to try to break into the famed theater on Broadway and 53rd Street — the home of the “Late Show with David Letterman” — in less than a week last July.

"He was jealous of the publicity that the first individual received," said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly at the time, referring to an incident that occurred at the theater on July 10. "It's going to help his music career, is what he said."

In that case, 22-year-old Harlem singer James Wittemore allegedly smashed through the theater's ornate doors on a drunken rampage and trashed the lobby.

Police said that Moore tossed a newspaper box through the theater’s doors, which date to 1924 before he was confronted by a security guard wielding a golf club.

Moore grabbed the club, but the guard wrested it back and whacked the suspect over the head, police said.

According to the criminal complaint, Moore banged on the doors several times before he was confronted by the guard.

Moore acted in a number of plays for the Highlands Little Theater in Florida and wrote and self-published a book "Visions of a Self-Named Prophet, or the Legend of Exterminator 13," according to Highlands Today, a local paper.

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

He was accused of battery in 2010 in Highlands County, Florida, but local prosecutors said the case had been dismissed.

Moore’s attorney did not immediately return a call for comment. His client is set to be sentenced on Oct. 4.

Whittemore has pleaded not guilty to burglary and criminal mischief charges.