Monday, November 7, 2011

From tagger to cop & back to tagger again

From the NY Post:

Police have discovered the identity of one of New York City’s most prolific graffiti vandals -- and he’s one of their own.

Steven Weinberg, 43, of Flushing, a patrolman who retired from the NYPD in 2001 after hurting his leg, is the notorious “Neo” -- one of the peskiest subway taggers of the 1980s.

And the spray-painting miscreant is making a comeback, cops say.

“He’s definitely prolific,” a source said.

Transit cops investigating graffiti in northeast Queens watched as Neo’s tag began appearing all over train trestles and highway overpasses the last two years, not far from Weinberg’s home.

Steven Weinberg has admitted to being the 1980s-era tagger “Neo," and police say he’s behind the name’s reappearance recently (above).

Neo's work was featured on the Web site above

They knew their nemesis was a cop. Numerous tipsters confided that Neo once wore a badge, and detectives uncovered a faceless photograph of Neo online, back to the camera, wearing an NYPD raid jacket, according to court documents.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

And he is probably pulling down a medical pension which is 75% of his pay (TAX FREE) when he hurt his back!

Amazing how a person on a medical pension can do such acrobatic tagging.

Anonymous said...

"Steven Weinberg, 43, of Flushing, a patrolman who retired from the NYPD in 2001 after hurting his leg"

Another of our 'Finest' at play.

Where does one beging begin to comment here?.. It is retarded for anyone over 15 to be spraying buildings.

Second, this guy probably got out on a disability pension...Just like a childhood friend who got his hand crushed in a door during a drug raid.
He got his pension after only 7 years of service and recovered enough to become a contractor who buys and rebuilding houses.

I don't begrudge my old friend his benefits -he did get legitimately injured doing a dangerous job. What is unfortunate is that after making a full recovery there was only pensioning him off as the option instead of giving him some less demanding position w/in the NYPD or elsewhere.

After the ballooning pension scandal at the LIRR, it is time for -all- uniformed services to get some scrutiny and review.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see my tax dollars at work. The guy should lose his disability pension.

Anonymous said...

Send him the clean up bill. What a low life.

Anonymous said...

Is he still permitted to own a gun?

A lot of ex-cops do.

Anonymous said...

"My name is Neo!"

Anonymous said...

The Big Blue Gang has members in it that act like gang members?

Who is surprised????

Anonymous said...

This is the guy they should make an example out of!

Anonymous said...

Now that's a real old TOY!

Anonymous said...

Can you say Hiram Monnserratte?

meanstoaend said...

I grew up with Steve. I hope he's doing well. Eric