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Just how powerful is Justin Bieber? The 16-year-old Canadian pop star has already captured the hearts of America's swooning pre-teen youth. Has he also inspired America's criminal elements? Editors of The Smoking Gun, a website that combs through mug shots, public records and court documents, have noticed an alarming trend: youth miscreants are sporting the Bieb's famous hairdo. TSG writes:

As seen on the following pages, suspects are regularly being busted while sporting the floppy haired look pioneered by the angel-voiced 16-year-old singer. These young perps have been collared for an array of crimes, ranging from petty theft to a drive-by shooting.

Here's a sampling of the mugshots. Will Bieber renounce the unlawful elements in his apparent fan base?

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