Police sketches aren't known for being the most accurate images of crime suspects. According to Charlie Frowd, a British psychologist at the University of Central Lancashire, composite photos drawn by trained artists only produce an accurate likeness of the suspect around 9% of the time. For computer generated images, that number is even lower, at 5%.
And just in case you need proof, a composite by police in Warwickshire in the United Kingdom is going viral for exactly the reason mentioned above. They're looking for two men who posed as employees from the Orbit housing association in order to trick their way into a woman’s apartment. One of the men distracted the woman while the other stole cash before the woman realized what was going on and told them to leave while she called the police.
Here's what the woman says one of the men looked like...
Unsurprisingly, social media users assumed this was some kind of delayed April Fools prank. After the photo went viral, Warwickshire Police took to Twitter to confirm that they were indeed looking for the man.
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
A description of the incident from the Warwickshire Police website reads:
"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 realised what they were doing she ordered them to leave. The men left with a quantity of cash."
Police worked with the woman to create an E-FIT (Electronic Facial Identification Technique) computer render of one of the burglar's face.
And Twitter users think they know who the man is...
Other users were just baffled.
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
Some attempted to aid the police.
Hopefully he doesn't bite anyone.
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