It was easy, he whispers. "Al it takes is a little nerve and a bit of luck."
The B-CC student is discussing the fine art of locker burglary.
He started earlier this year with a group of students, be says. They would stand in distant parts of the school and watch students deposit and retrieve things from lockers. When they would find a suitably promising locker, they would wait until class started and post lookouts at each end of the hallway.
Then one of them would take a pipe or metal bar and simply pry the combination lock off the locker.
Later, he began working alone because there usually weren't enough valuables in a locker to split among four or five persons.
"You watch for little things," he says. "Some people here are kind of stupid. They either leave the locks unlocked, or close them without turning (the dial). Then all you've got to do is pull it open."
The peak season is winter, when students arrive wearing expensive wool and down parkas. "I've gotten maybe ten of them," he says, "and a little jewelry."
With a foot-long pipe concealed under his coat sleeves, the student would go to work, sometimes before school or during classes. "You just jigger it around and it comes off."
He resold the stolen articles in his Silver Spring neighborhood, and made "about $200."
"Naw, I don't feel guilty," he says. "It's just too easy to pass."
His father, he adds, is a policeman. CAPTION: Picture, B-CC business manager David Hedges displays locks pryed open by locker burglars.