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Fake cab robberies reported in Athens

ATHENS -- There's been another instance of a passenger being lured into a fake taxicab in Athens, and police said the bogus cabbie may be using the same sign as a man they arrested last month.

Police said 41-year-old Tracy Faust mounted a taxi sign on the roof of a Cadillac on Oct. 16 to pick up a University of Georgia student downtown, then drove him to East Athens and robbed him. Athens-Clarke County police Capt. Clarence Holeman said Faust was arrested and remains in jail, charged with armed robbery. The Athens Banner-Herald reported that Holeman said someone used the same trick early Saturday.

Police say an Alpharetta man climbed into a Cadillac he thought was a taxi and wound up being robbed. They say the taxi sign may be the same one used last month.