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    Fake Mariachi Bands Robbing Music Lovers

    <i>In the latest crime ruse to hit Mexico City, thieves are dressing up as mariachi musicians in embroidered suits with wide-brimmed somberros to rob unsuspecting music-lovers.

    Mingling among the roughly 1,700 licensed mariachi who serenade people with raucous folk songs in a central city square are hundreds of "pirate" mariachi more adept at picking pockets than strumming guitars, city officials say.

    In a city where organized crime gangs make an easy living from armed assault and kidnapping, police fear the bogus musicians could trick people into taking them home to play at family parties, where mariachi are a popular treat...</i> <A HREF="http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050513/od_nm/mexico_mariachi_dc">Entire Story Here</A>
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