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Car Thief Arrested When He Pulled Over To Buy A Welding Helmet And Watch The Eclipse

HuffPo- It was an arrest “that only happens every 99 years,” according to a Florida sheriff’s department.

A suspected car thief’s run from the law ended when authorities say he pulled over to watch Monday’s solar eclipse, only to be nabbed by trailing deputies.

Jocsan Feliciano Rosado, 22, was being pursued by the Orange County Sheriff’s Auto Theft Unit when he allegedly pulled into a Kissimmee parking lot to purchase a welder’s mask to protect his eyes from the sun. Once back at his vehicle, Rosado proceeded to watch the eclipse, the sheriff’s department said.

“He never saw it coming,” authorities said of his arrest in a Facebook post on Monday.

“As Rosado was standing in the parking lot next to the stolen car, with the welding helmet on and looking up at the eclipse, deputies swooped in and made an arrest,” the sheriff’s department said.

“That only happens every 99 years,” the department joked, referencing the rarity of both Rosado’s arrest and Monday’s event, which was the first such coast-to-coast spectacle since 1918.

I’m super tired of the eclipse but I love crime, so here’s a strange and oddly wonderful story. Some guy stole a car and, with the police hot on his tail, pulled over to buy a welding mask so he could watch the eclipse. I just don’t understand how can you be so dumb as to steal a car and pull over to watch the eclipse knowing the police were after you, yet be smart enough to buy a welding helmet so you don’t burn your eyes? That seems like a complete paradox. I wish I knew more about this guy. He clearly knows how to take care of his body and enjoys unusual astronomical events. However, somewhere along the line, he became a car thief. Strange bird.

Full disclosure, I missed the eclipse. Didn’t understand the hype. Not a big fan of the sun so I wasn’t going to make a thing out of it’s weird day behind the moon. Regardless, I’m now starting to understand just how much the eclipse meant to some people.  That image of some thief wearing a welding helmet, staring at the sun while the police swarm around him, not a care in the world, is pretty funny.

Lastly, how about that welding helmet? Thing is fucking AWESOME. Looks like something out of a video game. Blue flames, computer-screen visor… straight fire. Goes perfectly with his TURN UP shirt.

Second lastly- the Orange County Sheriff’s Department understands social media better than I ever will. #Eclipse2017 #AwesomeAutoTheftUnit