OREGON - AUGUST 21: In this NASA handout, the Sun's corona, only visible during the total eclipse, is shown as a crown of white flares from the surface during a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 from onboard a NASA Gulfstream III aircraft flying 25,000 feet above the Oregon coast. The red spots called Bailey's beads occurs where the moon grazes by the Sun and the rugged lunar limb topography allows beads of sunlight to shine through in some areas. (Photo by Carla Thomas/NASA via Getty Images)

The solar eclipse helped apprehend a suspected car thief


A man allegedly stole a car in Orlando, Florida, but police were able to catch him thanks to Monday's solar eclipse.

Police said they arrested the the suspect because he stopped to view the solar eclipse.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, they arrested the suspect when he stopped and parked the car he was driving. He was being followed by officers with the auto-theft unit when he stopped the car.

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The suspect stopped at a hardware store to buy a welding mask so he could view the eclipse. He got out to view the eclipse, and he was staring at the sky with the welder's mask on when police arrested him.

The suspect was a 22-year-old male, and it's unclear whether he's been charged with a crime yet.

Police probably weren't expecting the solar eclipse to assist them with an arrest. Congrats to science.

(h/t Auto Blog)