Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Sketch of burglary suspect draws 'hilarious' attention online

Sketch of burglary suspect draws 'hilarious' attention online

A weird e-fit picture issued by police has attracted a lot of attention after people compared the wanted man to Zippy from Rainbow and the Cheshire Cat from Alice In Wonderland.

A photo of a burglary suspect with a monumental mouth is giving Twitter users their daily dose of laughter - but police say they hope all the attention on the man will actually help lead to his arrest.

He's one of two suspects who allegedly posed as housing officials so they could enter the Stratford home of an unsuspecting victim on February 5, police said in a press release.

Nearly immediately after posting the photo, people on Twitter began replying if there had been a mistake and started comparing it to a SnapChat filter or other cartoon characters.

Authorities were quick to acknowledge the image - which has been retweeted almost 20,000 times - had been turned into a viral internet joke.

The Warwickshire Police Department - which is located about 95 miles northwest of London - did not immediately respond to calls and e-mails from the Globe.

The man was wanted for reportedly posing as a housing employee and forcing his way into a woman's home to steal cash. "But jokes aside, it was created from a description provided and it's serious as a woman was victim of a disgusting crime", they wrote.

"Hopefully the attention will mean we identify the offender/bring him to justice quicker".

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