Police sketches aren't always what they seem and most of the time they can't perfectly depict the face of their suspects even if they use the special computerized equipment. Sometimes they only have the victims words to go on and well, it doesn't always end well.
That's exactly what happened to the Warwickshire police department in the United Kingdom. They are looking for two suspects that are part of a robbery in a woman's apartment after they posed as employees from the housing association.
They managed to distract her, steal her money and get away before she called the police. Warwickshire police department asked the woman to sit down with a sketch artist and after the final piece was approved they posted the photo on Twitter.
It's safe to say that the sketch left people in tears, tears of laughter.
The photo instantly went viral and the people on Twitter thought the police was pulling a prank on them. It got so bad that they actually had to release another tweet where they clearly state that this is the man they are looking for.
We can confirm that this is real and that we anticipated the attention! But jokes aside, it was created from a description provided and it's serious as a woman was victim of a horrible crime. Hopefully the attention will mean we identify the offender/bring him to justice quicker— Warwickshire Police (@warkspolice) April 3, 2018
The police ended up explaining the whole incident on their website, "At between 2.00pm and 2.36pm on 5 February 2018, two men claiming to be from Orbit Housing tricked their way into a flat in Hertford Place. One of the men distracted the occupant - a woman in her 40s - while the other man searched the property. When the victim realized what they were doing she ordered them to leave. The men left with a quantity of cash."
And surely enough Twitter users knew exactly who the man was.
I saw his dog on the turnpike today pic.twitter.com/DiUdj2MtwD— Shelly Splainin’ 🙋🏻♀️ (@sheLLbeLL_xo) April 3, 2018
Did he have a dog? pic.twitter.com/XuM9nVYZF6— Nelstar (@TheStalker3324) April 3, 2018
Other Twitter users thought he looks quite distinctive...
Theres something quite distinctive about this suspect, But i cant put my finger on it— Macfearghais (@macfearghais1) April 4, 2018
The good news is that he should be really easy to spot. 😂— Betsy Q. Contrary ❄️ (@BetsyContrary) April 3, 2018
His dentist should be able to ID him without films. pic.twitter.com/xMI1ni5aUF— Laura Mcc (@lauraMcc1422) April 4, 2018
And then there were the civilian cops who tried to help out the police.
Fixed it pic.twitter.com/HmV6VaPQ26— Ryan Rafferty (@RyanRafferty96) April 4, 2018
😂 I think this one is less obvious, he'd get away with this pic.twitter.com/yYXkzCS5zb— Ryan Rafferty (@RyanRafferty96) April 4, 2018
decided to google more police efits. pic.twitter.com/vVvKqCTPTS— autumn 💖 (@autumnjohnay) April 4, 2018
We certainly hope they catch him soon! Because there is no guarantee that people will stop laughing at him.