Break-In At Ed Sullivan Theater, Lobby Trashed

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s an historic setting that gets millions of laughs on a nightly basis, but a break-in at the Ed Sullivan Theater on Sunday was far from funny.

Police have a suspect in custody after being called to an incident at the Ed Sullivan Theater where David Letterman tapes his show.

It happened around 7 a.m. Sunday. A passerby called police to report a burglary.

WCBS 880’s Steve Sandberg reports: Nothing Was Taken, But Lots Of Damage At Ed Sullivan Theater

“I think it’s terrible,” Laura Rivera, of East Harlem, told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin. “I really do think it’s horrible.”

“It’s a really nice area,” Bo Bradley, visiting the city from Tennessee, said. “I can’t imagine why someone would do that.”

A metal bar on the glass doors at the Broadway entrance to the theater was pried open and the glass was smashed. Trash cans and the stanchions for velvet ropes inside the lobby were knocked over. The vestibule was also reportedly damaged.

Police arrested 22-year-old James Whittemore of Manhattan on burglary and criminal mischief charges. Cops say he was drunk. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for cuts.

Whittemore’s roommates had very little to say about the incident.

“It’s definitely a surprise, but we don’t want to talk about it,” one roommate told Carlin.

Crews are working to clean up the broken glass. Police are still investigating.

WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reports: Work Underway To Repair Damage

Steve Capala, who works in the area, said that before Sunday’s incident, there never seemed to be a need for around-the-clock security.

“I think it’s very crazy, never happened before,” Capala said. “I don’t know why somebody should do something like that.”

Luckily for Letterman, the doors to the studio and set for his show were padlocked, so it was left alone.

Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants, and CBS released a joint statement on Sunday: “The Late Show’s set was not accessed, and the show will be taping as usual tomorrow.”

The theater, which opened in 1927, was once home to the “Ed Sullivan Show.” The “Late Show with David Letterman” started taping at the theater in 1993.

The David Letterman show starts live taping again on Monday after taking a week-long break. The box office to the theater reopened at 11am Sunday.

  • DontCallUsWellCallYou

    Laura from East Harlem says its “terrible” and Steve who works on the west side says “I think its very crazy”. WOW, thats some crack reporting right there – perhaps for a high school TV station but not for a network affiliate in NYC. What is wrong with you people? I guess Obamas staff wasn’t available to write this story for you and you had to actually write it yourself?

  • JustSaying

    Only in the Big Crab-Apple! An aspiring actor but an accomplished vandal…yes, his parents certainly must be proud!

    • TRE


  • walter12

    Boy, I am glad that I do not live in NYC. You people have your share of communists, socialists, dopers, criminals, nutcases, deadbeats, illegal Mexicans, black and Mexican youth gangs, welfare cases, and on and on. What a place to live nowadays.

  • sailordude

    This is so sad BUT,


  • Sam Cooke

    Death penalty!

  • Vic Livingston

    Dave Letterman has been victimized by stalkers, and he recently discussed being stalked while on a jog. I would not be surprised if this failed actor was put up to this malicious act by the entities that coordinate what is commonly known as “gang stalking” or “community-based harassment.” Read this:

  • Tod E. Tosser

    I’m betting Letterman nailed his mom.

  • chiliboots

    Perhaps he doesn’t care for Propaganda Hacks?

    Just Wondering.

  • Comedy Gold?

    Having seen the drunks’ pic, mebbe Letterman will have him on as some sorta “comical-white-dwarf”. Top 10 reasons why I’m a d0uche, or sumpin’.

  • shameful

    Who ISN’T an “aspiring actor”?

    He should have to clean up everything….pay for it….and serve a lot of time in jail.

  • Robert S

    If not for democrat constituents, there would be no news like this.

  • Lou Bator

    James Whittemore, 22, aspiring actor. What a loser. His parents must be very proud. You might want to consider an AA meeting, buddy.

    • JM in San Diego CA

      If he’s aspiring, he should get a good deodorant. (Thanks to Bill Dana as “Jose Jimenez.)

  • woodNfish

    Who is David Letterman and why should I care?

    • Harry Richard

      and where was he on the morning of the crime?

  • bhl

    Here is a picture of the “aspiring actor” who was arrested:

  • Elmer Fudd

    No doubt a roving band of white thugs!!! Sure

    • bhl

      It was a single white guy, ya big racist.

  • roger harry arm

    i saw the garry moorse rehearsal show in that cbs theatre. i think the building was given to major bowes who wanted an office with a window from nbc. nbc refused. cbs smart gave him that building and theatre for his show amateur hour and nbc radio a very succesful show.

    • What?

      Once more in English?

  • Hank Warren

    Diversity and crime, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    • Hank Warren, denture wearer.

      Y-you’re making Hank s-sad.

    • roger harry arm

      To Hank agree with of your comments. But disagree with:1. airline passengers. we need security on airlines the religious fanatics al0queda who considers non-believers as infidels will kill to get 19 virgins in their death. 2. you cannot declare war congress against a non-country. you have to fight the islamists. is it strange islamist fear to talk out loud condenming their terrorists. that psychiatrist military man killed 13 people and he spoke crazy but because of political correctness no one said anything for fear of being called prejudiced person. if you talk the talk be careful that the person does not carry out the threats.

    • IgnoranteElephante

      Your book, America Deceived II is not banned. A simple internet search has it openly for sale. Probably, it is not carried by any major book retailer because it is garbage. Practical–and as I see it, smart–business decisions do not equate with governmental banning. Perhaps, it is you who are deceived.

      • David Heath

        Have to agree. Your book isn’t being sold because it’s badly written, engages in no research of any merit, and stretches out a single, simplistic idea into an unreadable harangue. In other words, it follows the mode of Mein Kampf. The fact that you’re using this site to promote it when it has nothing at all to do with the topic illustrates this.

  • Ben


  • Yaspar

    No pics? Hmmm. Wonder why…

  • Debbie


  • Lawrence

    It’s still time to reinstate “Cruael & Unusal Punishment …Enough is enough

    • Omar

      Why must you continue to show how stupid you are by typing idiocy on these comment boards. Go back to your meth lab you hillbilly.

  • nyc

    Another drunk becoming violent ,what a surprise. If pot is ever legalized, maybe violent drunk crimes will go d down ?

  • basil fomine



    the only reason this gets ink on this site is that no talent letterman is with cbs

  • steve

    The Revenge of Conan O’Brien.

  • MSavage

    “Far from funny”? Pretty funny to me! Then again anything is funnier than Letterman ha ha ha ha!!!

  • thor's hammer

    diminished capacity is no excuse. make him pay, and not just for the repairs at the theater. what a loser. .crime doesnt pay, but criminals must!

  • leno viewer

    He made his parents really proud.He is now 22 and officially a Loser way to go you have a big future ahead of you.

  • flea

    He must have been celebrating Derek jeter’s 3,000th. hit, while visiting from Vancouver B.C.

  • Michael Knight

    Like Edy says, “only in NY”

  • edy

    ONLY IN NY!!!!!!!

    • Michael H.

      Obviously it can only happen in NY, unless there’s another Ed Sullivan theater somewhere else…

    • perspective

      not really! in other places far worse things happen!

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