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Cops issue cartoonish drawing of suspected thief and get mocked mercilessly online

Cops issue cartoonish drawing of suspected thief and get mocked mercilessly online

It may have been an unusual drawing of a theft suspect, but it produced the results police were looking for.

Lancaster Online first reported on the Lancaster Police's posting of the sketch Tuesday as the cops asked for the public's help in identifying a person accused of stealing cash from a vendor January 30 at Central Market. But police defended their decision to release the drawing.

Hung Phuoc Nguyen was identified as the suspected perpetrator, and he is now facing charges over the theft.

The drawing (which actually looks like the suspect) was put together using a basic description given by an eye-witness.

The sketch of the suspect, along with a description of what he allegedly did, were made public by Lancaster Police this past Tuesday as they looked for public help in identifying him. The suspect was also believed to be Asian or South American.

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'While the sketch provided by the witness may have appeared amateurish and cartoonish, it, along with the distinctive physical descriptors, jogged the memory of at least one investigator to provide a potential suspect name, ' Lancaster Bureau of Police officials said on Wednesday in a Crime Watch blog post.

"We released all of those details together in our police log in the hope that someone recognises the suspect".

The photo quickly spread, as users on social media compared the image to everything from "Where's Waldo" to singer Jason Mraz. And posted below a picture of the sketch photoshopped on top of his roommate's face.

Lancaster City police shared Nguyen's photo on their Facebook page, where one person commented: "As much as I laughed at the sketch, it wasn't entirely that far off". "Hahahahaha! The album was titled, 'we sing, we dance, we STEAL things'".