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Ski Mask Robber Dad, Get Away Driver Mom & their 2 Kids in the Backseat

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A Van Nuys couple was arrested early this morning after California Highway Patrol officers pursued a man in a ski mask who allegedly had just robbed an IHOP in Encino. Officers used a PIT maneuver--that's when you spin a fleeing car out of control--to capture the two after a short pursuit. What officers say they didn't know, according to the LAPD, is that there were two children, aged 4 and 6, in the back seat. The morning of family activities began around 2:45 a.m. in Sherman Oaks when the Rite-Aid on Riverside Drive was robbed. Fifteen minutes later, a CVS Pharmacy in Encino was hit followed by an IHOP a few minutes later, where two CHP officers were about to grab a meal before being alerted to the robbery in progress.