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Squatters busted at empty UES mansion owned by Chrome Hearts

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Three squatters were busted Friday inside an empty multi-million dollar Manhattan townhouse owned by a designer to the stars.

Cops raided the Upper East Side home owned by Richard Stark, co-founder of Chrome Hearts, a luxury retail brand celebrated by the likes of Jay Z and Bella Hadid for its edgy silver jewelry and black clothes.

Charges have not yet been filed against the woman and two men found at the more than 5,000 square foot home, which was put up for sale in 2013 for $14 million and taken off the market the following year.

The store inside the massive home closed around a decade ago, and it appears the four-story townhouse has been sitting empty since.

Neighbor Joel Mindel, 82, and his wife Susan, who have lived on the street since the 1980s, said the building has long been in disrepair and causes problems on the street.

Three people who were possibly squatting and using drugs were arrested at the (confirm) vacant home of the Chrome Hearts owners at 159 East 64th Street in NYC, NY on December 10, 2021.
Police arrested three people squatting in an Upper East Side townhouse on Dec. 10, 2021.
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Three people who were possibly squatting and using drugs were arrested at the (confirm) vacant home of the Chrome Hearts owners at 159 East 64th Street in NYC, NY on December 10, 2021.
The vacant home belongs to the co-owner of Chrome Hearts.
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“They had all these notices on the door for Con-Ed to go inside to check the water or electricity. All these notices piled up and became violations on the website,” Susan said. 

“We don’t like abandoned buildings on our street. It’s a threat.” Joel said. “Someone can always get in, like a robber can get in and go on the roof to get into our home. It’s not safe.” 

As of Friday afternoon, Chrome Hearts was unaware of the arrests and any police activity at the home, a spokesperson said. But pictures show a few officers at the home, leading the squatters into a cop car and an ambulance around 11:30 a.m. 

Three people who were possibly squatting and using drugs were arrested at the (confirm) vacant home of the Chrome Hearts owners at 159 East 64th Street in NYC, NY on December 10, 2021.
Charges have not yet been filed against the woman and two men.
James Messerschmidt for NY Post
Three people who were possibly squatting and using drugs were arrested at the (confirm) vacant home of the Chrome Hearts owners at 159 East 64th Street in NYC, NY on December 10, 2021.
The home had been vacant for almost a decade.
Three people who were possibly squatting and using drugs were arrested at the (confirm) vacant home of the Chrome Hearts owners at 159 East 64th Street in NYC, NY on December 10, 2021.
The townhouse was put up for sale in 2013 for $14 million.
James Messerschmidt for NY Post

The stunning house features four bedrooms and four bathrooms, according to Zillow, and has its own courtyard. On Friday, it was evident the house had been long-forgotten, with a pile of leaves blocking the entrance and the first floor devoid of any furniture. 

Chrome Hearts has stores all around the world and celebs from Cher to Kanye West to Elton John have been spotted in the brand.

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