Cartoonish sketch leads to break in theft investigation

Have you seen this man? Cops released the unintentionally side-splitting image as part of an investigation into a case of theft. Officers said the crime happened on January 30

A suspect has been identified as the suspect in connection with a crime in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, thanks in part to the help of a simple, hand-drawn sketch provided by a witness.

Nguyen was accused of stealing cash by pretending to be the owner when the vendor was not present at the Central Market in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

"When the police report was initially made on 30 January, the witness that drew the sketch also gave a brief description of the thief to the authorities, describing the man as between 30-40 years-old, 5'4" tall, of slight build and likely of South American or Asian descent. Anyone with information on this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Lancaster Police at 717-735-3300.

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

Since the sketch was originally picked up by Lancaster Online, social media users have had a field day mocking the cartoonish sketch, with many commenters offering humorous theories about the identity of the suspect.

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

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.

Reactions to the drawing from social media users have ranged from amusement to surprise.

The sketch was nearly instantly ridiculed online, with one person claiming it was singer Jason Mraz.

"I instantly thought of one of my favorite singers.... Hahahahaha! The album was titled, 'we sing, we dance, we STEAL things'".



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