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'Amateurish and cartoonish' sketch by witness leads police to theft suspect

'Amateurish and cartoonish' sketch by witness leads police to theft suspect

A hand-drawn sketch of a suspected thief was mocked by users on social media.

Nguyen is suspected of pretending to be a vendor and stealing money from a stand at the Central Market Mall in Lancaster while an employee had stepped away briefly, the Daily Mail reported.

He reportedly fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police in Lancaster, PA say that a poorly-drawn sketch - see above - went a long way in terms of helping their investigation into a theft at a farmers' market.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Hung Phuoc Nguyen, 44, but have not located him, authorities announced Wednesday.

"We released all of those details together in our police log in the hope that someone recognizes the suspect", officials said, according to Lancaster Online.

This is a sketch of a suspect released by police, in a public call-out for information about an alleged theft in Lancaster, Pennslyvania.




"This was not done in jest".

Another joked: "That guy looks just like my roommate", with the sketch photoshopped on to a picture of his roommate's face.

Detectives included Nguyen's image in a lineup for the witness to identify, and they picked the alleged thief's photo as the person behind the January 30 heist.

Another commenter likened the sketch to pop artist, Jason Mraz, by pointing out its resemblance to one of Mraz's album covers - which featured a basic line-drawing of the musician.

While the sketch provided appeared amateurish, police say, it helped jog the memory of at least one investigator, who was able to provide Nguyen's name as a suspect. Off. Rothermel filed a Criminal Complaint against Nguyen charging him with (2) Counts Theft By Unlawful Taking (M2).

A version of this story originally appeared on the New York Post.


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