Modern Living: The Easy Marks

Early one morning last week, a Manhattan patrolman walked up to a taxi parked across the street from Central Park. The driver sat slumped over the wheel, apparently asleep. Trying to arouse him, the policeman discovered that Benjamin Rivera, 44, was dying from a bullet wound close to his heart. The motive for Rivera's slaying was clear: his changemaker was missing.

Rivera was the seventh New York cabby killed by holdup men so far this year, another victim of an increasing number of taxi robberies occurring across the nation. Within hours after Rivera's murder,...

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