Monday, July 11, 2011

Midtown Theater's Alleged Vandal Arraigned

A Manhattan man was arraigned on charges in connection with Sunday's break-in and vandalism at the historic Ed Sullivan Theater in Midtown.

James Whittemore, 22, was charged with burglary and criminal possession of a weapon and his bail was set at $6,000 bond or $3,500 cash.

He is due back in court on Friday.

Police say Whittemore was drunk when he kicked in one of the theater's front door windows around 7 a.m. Sunday.

They say he then crawled inside the lobby and went on a rampage, breaking all of the front door windows and trashing an office.

However, Whittemore's lawyer told the Associated Press that his client did not remember how he entered the theater and that he "certainly didn't plan" the break-in.

The studio for "The Late Show With David Letterman" was locked and not damaged.

Monday night's taping will go on as planned.

A joint statement from CBS and Letterman's production company thanked the New York City Police Department for its quick response.

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