NY police probe shredded documents found at parade

A Candy Cane girl reaches out to a child at Herald Square in celebration of the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade,Thursday, Nov 22, 2012, in New York. The popular Macy's parade, attended by more than 3 million people and watched by 50 million on TV, included such giant balloons as Elf on a Shelf and Papa Smurf, a new version of Hello Kitty, Buzz Lightyear, Sailor Mickey Mouse and the Pillsbury Doughboy. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
November 26, 2012 2:15:55 PM PST
Suburban authorities are investigating how shredded police documents got tossed as confetti to spectators at last week's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Manhattan attorney Saul Finkelstein says he and his college-age son, Ethan, noticed that some of the confetti included Social Security and license plate numbers. Some information appeared to have come from the Nassau County Police Department on New York's Long Island.

Finkelstein says he saw massive amounts of the confetti at 65th Street and Central Park West. He and his son only took about 30 pieces home with them. Detectives from Long Island picked up the material Sunday.

A department spokesman said Monday that an investigation is under way. It will include a review of procedures for disposing of sensitive documents.


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