Amateur sketch from witness helps Pa. police identify theft suspect

Amateur sketch from witness helps Pa. police identify theft suspect

Police said that while the sketch may have appeared "cartoonish", it and the witness' description helped jog the memory of one investigator who recognized the physical description and the modus operandi of the suspect.

But the case isn't drawing to a conclusion just yet.

Pilkington is still at large, but they've charged 44-year-old Hung Phuoc Nguyen with theft and have issued a warrant for his arrest. The incident happened last month when a suspect disguised himself as a vendor and ran off with cash he took from a stand in Central Market.

The witness subsequently identified Nguyen in the photo array.

The homeless suspect then fled on foot with an undisclosed sum of money.

It may have been an unusual drawing of a theft suspect, but it produced the results police were looking for.

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Police are now searching for Mr Nguyen and a criminal complaint has been filed, charging him with two counts of theft by unlawful taking.

"The suspect is described as a man in his 30's that stands about 5'4" tall and was possibly South American or Asian. He was further described as having wide cheekbones, a pointed chin and black, straight hair covering his ears.

This simple sketch of a suspected thief has led police in the USA to find the man.

Police sketches are often considered to be works of art in their own right, however, they might go utterly wrong sometimes. Those details included a hand-drawn sketch by a witness of the suspect.

The image and detailed description of the suspect helped investigators and veteran officers identify the suspect as Nguyen. People can also submit tips anonymously by texting LANCS and a message to 847411.

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