MANHATTAN – The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is now on the case of hundred dollar bills stamped with symbols of hate— including a swastika and nazi war eagle— and dispensed from an Upper East Side Chase bank ATM, investigators confirm to Upper East Site.
The Hate Crimes Task Force is now speaking with witnesses and working to track down whomever tampered with the cash in the bias incident first reported by Upper East Site.
“I kept staring at it and saying this cannot be right,” Robyn Roth-Moise told us shortly after withdrawing the defaced cash from an ATM inside the Chase bank at East 86th Street and York Avenue last Saturday morning.
Roth-Moise returned the bills to the Chase bank, which removed them from circulation.
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“This is unacceptable,” Chase bank told Upper East Site. “We have shut down the ATM and are investigating.”
City Council Member Julie Menin and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who represent the Upper East Side, both denounced the vile incident.
“I spoke today to the head of the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force and I appreciate that the NYPD is taking this case very seriously,” Council Member Julie Menin said.
“Our community does not deserve this and there is no place for hate in our community,” she added.
“Hatred of any kind is not welcome in New York City,” Maloney told Upper East Site.
A citywide team of investigators, the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force tackles bias incidents across the five boroughs and brings suspects wanted in hate-motivated crimes to justice.
On Tuesday, the Hate Crimes Task Force announced the capture of a suspect wanted in an anti-Jewish assault in Brooklyn last December, where a 21-year-old man was viciously beaten by a man spewing antsemitic statements.
Roth-Moise tells Upper East Site she’s feeling “relief that this was not a nothing. That it is being viewed as a serious matter.”
Upper East Site has reached out to both the Treasury Department and Secret Service to find out whether they were opening their own investigation— in addition to that of the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force.
We’re waiting to hear back.