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Criminals Love Yankees Hats

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Why are so many crimes committed by people in Yankees gear? It sounds like trolling, but according to no less of an authority than the New York Times, it's a legitimate question. "Since 2000," they report, "more than 100 people who have been suspects or persons of interest in connection with serious crimes in New York City wore Yankees apparel at the time of the crimes or at the time of their arrest or arraignment." One criminologist blames Jay-Z, but sports marketing analysts think it might be a matter of sheer numbers, since Yankees apparel sells better than clothing from any other team. Sadly, the Yankees themselves had no comment. [NYT]