Terrible Sketch Actually Helps Police Catch Thief

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A thief in Central Market was identified by police using a hand drawn sketch done by a witness. Apparently, it actually worked.

Recently, Lancaster police used the, uh, let’s just call it ‘artwork’ from a witness to identify 44 year-old, homeless, Hung Phuoc Nguyen as their guy. Yes, that’s actually his name.

He pretended to be an employee when at a vendor’s stand at Market Street while the real employees were absent. Then, he took all the cash from the stand and fled.

The police issued this statement along with the sketch:

We released all of those details together in our police log in the hope that someone recognizes the suspect,” Lancaster city police said in a Facebook post. “This was not done in jest.”

Nguyen was positively identified by a witness as well as investigators and veteran officers who recognized his physical description and alleged motive, police said.

And about the sketch itself:

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.

Wow… it actually worked. Not to knock the witness’ art skills or anything, they did what they needed to do and were vital in helping solve a crime. I’m sure the police are grateful, even if they had to clarify they weren’t in fact kidding.

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