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updated 10/26/2006 6:33:42 PM ET 2006-10-26T22:33:42

TV cop Jesse L. Martin became a real-life crime victim after returning to his hometown to shoot a film.

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The “Law & Order” star was eating breakfast in a restaurant Monday — signing autographs and even offering career advice to the cook, a would-be stand-up comic — when someone broke into a sport utility vehicle and stole his luggage, video iPod and dozens of autographed photos.

“He’s lived in New York City for 20 years and has never been robbed or a victim of theft,” director Peter McGennis said. “He comes back here and in two days he gets fleeced.”

Martin, 37, was in Buffalo to film scenes for McGennis’ independent movie “Buffalo Bushido.” He flew back to New York City with only the clothes on his back and his wallet.

A graduate of the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, Martin plays Detective Ed Green on the NBC series.

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