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After a High-Speed Chase in LA, Suspected Burglars Have Time to Pose for Selfies Before Cops Arrive

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It’s not really not the ending that anyone expected for one of LA’s most bizarre police chases ever.

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The convertible navy blue Mustang had been driving for hours with its top down in the rain, nearly T-boning a TMZ tour bus and doing doughnuts on Hollywood Boulevard.

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After meandering through traffic on the southbound 101, the Mustang exited the freeway and casually parked on a residential street. Except... the police were nowhere in sight.

Thanks to the half-dozen news helicopters filming and narrating the drama as it unfolded, we, the people of the internet, got to see what happened next.

Illustration for article titled After a High-Speed Chase in LA, Suspected Burglars Have Time to Pose for Selfies Before Cops Arrive

Two men—who were being apprehended because they were burglary suspects—calmly exited the vehicle. If the people on the sidewalk knew of the Mustang’s notoriety, they did not show fear. In fact, there was an almost celebratory vibe, as if the men had just participated in some kind of parade, and they began shaking hands and high-fiving with people on the street.

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And that’s of course when the selfies began.

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At first it was the driver and passenger taking a selfie of themselves. But then other people began approaching the men and requesting that they pose for selfies with them. Which, of course, they did.

After almost 10 minutes—10 minutes? Did LAPD get lost?—the police decided to show up, and both men were taken into custody without incident.

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Remember: Pics or it didn’t happen.

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Alissa is the former urbanism editor at Gizmodo.

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Maybe it’s the fact that this all started with a burglary in Cerritos (I was on my way home to Cerritos when I heard this on the radio) or maybe it’s because my home has been burglarized twice (and my car once), but I just find this incredible pathetic. Cerritos is a favorite of LA street gangs because the families are upper-middle class and there is a large Asian-American population (both of which I happen to be). The way the Cerritos Sheriff’s department explained it to me the first time I was burglarized was that LA street gangs like to come to Cerritos because Asian-Americans, the older generation, have a distrust of banks and they tend to keep their money in hiding places around the house. The fact that these guys got hearty congratulations and selfies...well, that’s just incredibly sad because LA street gangs are part of the reason why people those economically depressed neighborhoods feel like they’re not safe on their own streets.