Three burglars died after crashing their BMW head-on into a truck while fleeing police.
The pals who were known locally as Graham Taylor, 31, Carl Freeman, 26, and Dean Maguire, 29, died in the collision in Dublin, Ireland.
Reports say the group – who had amassed 200 convictions between them – were escaping the gardai in the vehicle just minutes before the fatal crash on Wednesday night.
MirrorOnline reports that sources say the BMW 3 Series they were travelling in is suspected to have been involved in a number of burglaries in recent weeks.
Officers had seen the car travelling erratically in Dublin and a high-speed chase ensued.
The car then drove onto the motorway on the wrong side of the road in a bid to evade cops.
At that stage, gardai pulled back from the chase because of the danger the gang’s route posed.
But just a few minutes later, at around 11.40pm on Wednesday, the car smashed into a truck in a head-on collision on the N7 near the Rathcoole exit in Dublin.
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The truck driver, a man in his 40s, was taken to Tallaght University Hospital where he is being treated for his serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Taylor, Freeman, and Maguire's bodies were so badly burnt that a formal identification might not be made for some days.
Irish Mirror sources said it may take dental records or DNA to identify the men.
They are understood to be known for regularly driving on the wrong side of roads as they fled gardai, in the hope that cops would not pursue them.
But on this occasion, the brazen move cost them their lives.
A source said: "The men are well-known to gardai for carrying out a serious amount of burglaries on a consistent basis."
Freeman was well-known to gardai and had over 60 convictions including for thefts, burglaries, assault among others.
On Thursday night his partner posted a tribute on social media.
"I can’t believe I’m even writing this with the heaviest heart please just someone slap me this is all a nightmare there is no such thing as god," she said.
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She added: "You were so loved by everyone you have me lost I honestly can’t believe this my Karl I love you to peace please please please watch over me my love I’ll never forget you I promise I love you so so much.
"My best friend and partner I can’t get my head around this."
Taylor, the oldest of the three dead men, had over 120 convictions which included burglary, criminal damage, an assault of a garda along with a long string of motoring offences.
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Maguire, who had a rap sheet of more than 25 convictions, was also a convicted burglar.
Another source said: "Those lads did not have an ounce of respect for law enforcement or the law itself.
"They were all relatively young but each built up a lot of convictions.
"And despite being caught repeatedly, they would do their time and just come out and go back at it."
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