This sounds more like an episode of the Simpsons than anything real.
Police in Pennsylvania have identified a suspect in a theft case based on the adorably childish sketch drawn by a witness.
The police report stated, “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.”
The suspect took cash from a stand in Central Market pretending to be an employee. He was described as a male in his 30s or 40s, around 1.53 metres tall, with a petite build and possibly of South American or Asian origin.
The thief was also described as having “straight, black hair that covered his ears and that he had wide-set cheekbones and a pointed chin”.
The witness backed up the account with an adorable hand-drawn sketch worthy of a 5-year-old (in an endearing way). The most amazing part of the whole tale is that the clumsy drawing actually allowed the police to pinpoint the suspect.
According to Lancaster Police, officers were able to recognize 44-year-old Hung Phoc Nguyen based on the epic illustration.
Investigators and veteran police officers were given the suspect’s description and the modus operandi of the theft before digging into their databases. When they provided a photo of Nguyen, the witness immediately identified him.
These guys must be so good at Pictionary.
A criminal complaint was filed against Nguyen charging him with counts of “theft by unlawful taking” and an arrest warrant has been issued.