1 Police Plaza Mystery: How NYPD ‘Lost’ $50,000 Doors

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The New York City Police Department is looking for four large security doors that were ordered for its headquarters at 1 Police Plaza three years ago. The $50,000 doors–ordered and paid for under odd circumstances–were too heavy and were never installed. But after that, the paper trail goes cold, says the New York Times. No documents that show their whereabouts have been found, said a police spokesman. The doors seemed simply to have disappeared. Police say they are investigating.

The doors were ordered in June 2001 from Georal International, a company that serviced doors for the city in the past. It is not clear who authorized the purchase of the doors, but they were delivered just three days after the order was placed–“a highly unusual” purchase conducted at “warp speed,” the spokesman said. But the doors were too heavy for the floor at 1 Police Plaza, and someone took the doors away, even though the city paid the bill. No one gave the matter much thought until last month, when the president of the door company was charged with submitting false and inflated invoices for servicing other city doors. A New York civil service newspaper made the connection between the company and the missing doors.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/15/nyregion/15doors.html

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