A months long search for two fugitives ended with smiles on Thursday—and the police got it all on camera.
Matthew White and Amber Taynor smiled for a picture along with the police after they were apprehended Thursday night.
The pair had been wanted since May for grand theft and other charges, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement. Police spotted the couple in an allegedly stolen vehicle and chased the couple through Daytona Beach.
The two suspects fled on foot after their vehicle was stopped by police. Officers caught up to them soon after and apprehended them without incident, police said.
In addition to several outstanding warrants, police charged White, 32, with grand theft of a motor vehicle, possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis less than 20 grams, driving with a suspended license, theft and possession of narcotics paraphernalia.
Taynor, 23, was charged with possession of heroin and narcotics paraphernalia. Police said she also had outstanding warrants.
The officers cheered on camera when they apprehended the couple, clapping and congratulating each other, according to bodycam footage posted to the police department’s Facebook page.
“We’re getting a photo with you guys, just so you know,” an officer said in the video. “So Look good.”
Taynor can be heard on tape asking if she should really smile for the photo.
“I’ll smile,” she said.
The deputies and fugitives spent a moment after the photoshoot reviewing the photos and exchanging laughs.
A spokesman for the police department told the New York Post that the picture taking was not part of usual protocol at the department.
“These were two people that we had been seeking for quite some time, and it was a noteworthy arrest for the deputies, so they decided to take a picture,” Andrew Gant, the Volusia County Police spokesperson told the Post. “It wasn’t something that we asked for, but to my knowledge, there’s been no admonishment or discipline for the deputy.”
[Photo: Volusia County Sheriff]