Peter Rudegeair Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Police are investigating how shredded documents revealing confidential information, including details about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s motorcade, wound up as confetti on a Manhattan sidewalk during the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Bits of shredded paper from the Nassau County Police Department could still be found on Monday afternoon in the cracks of the sidewalks along Central Park, according to Saul Finkelstein, the eyewitness who first alerted authorities to the problem.
Thousands of pieces of shredded paper were scattered along the parade route at 65th Street and Central Park West shortly after the parade began on Thursday morning, Finkelstein and his son, Ethan Finkelstein, 18, told Reuters.
Upon closer inspection, the confetti contained information from Nassau County police incident reports plus the names, social security numbers and bank account information of Nassau County police officers and employees.
Other scraps included information about Mitt Romney’s motorcade to and from the October 16 presidential debate at Hofstra University in Nassau County, which borders New York City to the east on Long Island.
“It was everywhere,” Saul Finkelstein said, estimating the scraps piled three inches off the ground. The Finkelsteins scooped up and took home several handfuls, a small percentage of what was on the ground, Ethan Finkelstein said.
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