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N.Y. police investigate how Mitt Romney motorcade data included in Macy’s parade confetti

A British newspaper is reporting that police in New York are investigating how confidential records - including information about a Mitt Romney motorcade route - ended up in confetti that showered down on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

A report in the Daily Telegraph said, “The shredded documents rained down on thousands of parade-goers who lined the streets to watch the parade near Central Park on New York’s Upper West Side on Thursday.

“Closer inspection showed the shredded strips of paper were readable and contained details about serving police officers, including their names, Social Security numbers, and bank details, as well as references to crimes in the area,” the story said.

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The information appears to have come from the Nassau County Police Department, and included references to a Romney motorcade.

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The former Republican presidential candidate was in the Long Island county last month for the second of his debates with President Obama.

Inspector Kenneth Lack said the police department was reviewing procedures for disposing official documents.

A Macy’s spokesman said the confetti may have been thrown from a window overlooking the parade, since Macy’s used “multicolored confetti, not shredded paper.”

Glen Johnson can be reached at johnson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globeglen.