Police hunting for a suspected thief were mocked on social media after publishing a hand drawn cartoon of what he looked like.
However people were left gobsmacked when the sketch actually led to an arrest warrant being issued – and the suspect being identified.
The drawing (which actually looks like the suspect) was put together using a basic description given by an eye-witness.
Police in Pennsylvania then used the image to charge Hung Phuoc Nguyen, 44, with two counts of theft.
An arrest warrant was later issued – but he remains on the run.
Nguyen was wanted after allegedly pretending to be a vendor and stealing money from a stand a a market.
The suspect – who is homeless – is then said to have fled the scene.
In a Facebook post before the identification, officers from Lancaster City Police released the sketch alongside a description.
A spokesperson said: ‘We released all of those details together in our police log in the hope that someone recognises the suspect.
‘This was not done in jest.’
They later added: ‘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 was confirmed as Nguyen when his mugshot was included in a photo line-up.
An eye-witness immediately identified him.Anyone with information regarding Nguyen’s whereabouts is asked to call Lancaster police at 717-735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 800-322-1913.