Picture This: Cartoon Helps Police Identify Burglar in Australia

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By: E&P Staff

Thieves should avoid cartoonists.

A robber stole the bicycle owned by the grandson of 82-year-old Australian cartoonist Bill “Weg” Green, according to a story in Australia’s The Age newspaper. But Green got a good look at the burglar before he fled.

Police officers subsequently visited Green, and they were initially skeptical when the cartoonist offered to draw a picture of the thief.

Fifteen minutes later, the burglar was picked up. “After we had a look at this gentleman in the back of the divvy van, we just couldn’t believe how much of a likeness it was to the picture that ‘Weg’ had drawn,” said Senior Constable Aaron Roche, as quoted in The Age. “If anyone ever says ‘can I draw the offender,’ I’ll be handing them a pencil pretty quickly.”

Green added: “I have an affinity for faces and I can remember faces even hours after.”

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