NYC Graffiti Legend was also a Police OfficerMonday, November 7, 2011
Steven Weinberg, 43, of Flushing, a patrolman who retired from the NYPD in 2001 after hurting his leg, is the notorious graffiti writer “Neo”.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, Neo was almost taunting investigators. Without identifying himself by name, the aging vandal gave a lengthy interview to the underground graffiti Web site SubwayOutlaws.com in which he bragged about his time as Neo and identified himself as a cop and “a cripple.”
Weinberg, who uses a cane, wasn’t hard to track down once his name finally surfaced.
Cops found “numerous e-mails” talking about Weinberg’s “graffiti-related activities,” as well as Neo’s MySpace page, which had comments revealing the ex-cop’s birth date. A search warrant executed at Weinberg’s home on Sanford Avenue turned up “additional evidence,” sources said.
“The evidence recovered led to ‘Neo’ being identified as Mr. Steven Weinberg,” read a memo sent by a transit sergeant to the bureau’s chief.
Weinberg was arrested at his home on Aug. 3, 2010, and charged with felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor making graffiti and possessing a graffiti instrument.
Grilled by detectives, Weinberg reportedly confessed to at least one crime — tagging the walls of the Clearview Expressway in May 2009.
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