A CROOK robbed a caricature artist after waiting to have his sketch done - and it is now being used as evidence to track him down.
The suspect approached the artist, asked for a sketch, and then stole the victim's money bag before running off without his drawing.
California's Riverside Police Department is now using the caricature's artwork - with exaggerated characteristics and features - as evidence to find the sketchy man.
A photo of the drawing was shared to the police department's Facebook asking: "DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS CARICATURE? And no, we are not kidding..."
The robbery took place at the 27th Annual Festival of Lights event in downtown Riverside on December 5.
About $500 was in the money bag when the suspect fled.
Police described the suspect as a black male adult in his early 20s, about 5 feet 1 inch tall with black hair and a mustache.
He was last seen wearing a blue and red jacket, white undershirt, black pants, and red hat.
The portrait also portrayed him with one earring, the red hat on backward, and pieces of hair sticking out of the hat.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s identity is advised to contact Detective Jeff Putnam at (951) 826-2054 or [email protected]
The City of Riverside warned festivalgoers: "One major perk of living in Riverside is the amount of large community events that take place throughout the year.
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"But with busy sporting events, concerts, festivals, and other large gatherings, people may sometimes become vulnerable to safety risks."
Safety tips urged anyone attending the festival to plan out their trip, secure personal belongings, be aware of surrounds, plan a group meetup location, and to say something if you see something.