Worst Police Sketch Helps The Police Identify the Suspect of a Theft Case

If there is no lead in finding the suspect of a crime, it can be hard to determine the person who should pay for the victim’s sufferings. The only way to identify the culprit is through police sketches. Police sketches are proven useful and were able to lead the police to various arrest all over the world.

A cartoonish sketch of a witness was mocked for its simplicity. However, believe it or not, it helped the police in tracking down the suspect.

[Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons]
[Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

A Simple Sketch

Police authorities from Pennsylvania, United States, were able to finally identify the suspect in a theft case based on a simple sketch provided by a witness. The sketch, along with the suspect’s physical description, helped put an end to the endless search.

The suspect was described as a male 30-40 years of age, 5’04” tall, petite build and was possibly South American or Asian. The suspect was further described as having straight, black hair that covered his ears and that he had wide-set cheekbones and a pointed chin.

The culprit, 44-years old Hung Phoc Nguyen, was still at large. He was accused of impersonating an employee at the Central Market in Lancaster. He also took the cash at a stand when the employee went away. He escaped on foot with a still unidentified amount of money.

[Image Credit: Lancaster Police Station]
[Image Credit: Lancaster Police Station]

Mocked Online

The sketch, because of its simplicity, was mocked online. However, it actually helped the police in identifying the suspect.

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.

There are also officers who were able to identify Nguyen based on the sketch, the physical description provided by the victim, and the modus operandi used.

[Image Credit: Lancaster Police Station]
[Image Credit: Lancaster Police Station]

Nguyen has been charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking. Currently, the police department is asking the public to report any sighting of the suspect.