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Crudely drawn amateur sketch leads to identification of suspect

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The amateur sketch and photo of a theft suspect in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Image credit: Lancaster City Bureau of Police.

Police in the Pennsylvania city of Lancaster claim they have identified a robbery suspect using only a cartoonishly crude amateur sketch provided by a witness.

The suspect reportedly impersonated an employee at a farmer’s market stand and took money from the business before leaving the area.

When one of the witnesses provided an “amateurish and cartoonish” sketch of the suspect, it managed to ring a bell for at least one of the investigators, according to Lancaster PD’s Crimewatch report.

“Officers recognized the physical description and modus operandi for the theft suspect,” the report read. “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.”

Police then managed to use a previous mugshot of 44-year-old Hung Phuoc Nguyen to confirm a positive identity by the witness.

Police issued a warrant for Nguyen’s arrest, though they have not been able to find him as of Monday.

The amateur sketch bears an uncanny resemblance to that of the famous leprechaun sightings in Mobile, Alabama, causing speculation as to whether or not Nguyen may possess magical powers.


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