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Hung Phuoc Nguyen was charged with stealing cash from a Central Market stand. He was identified after police released a detailed description and a sketch submitted by a witness at the time.

Police issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for a male suspect charged with stealing cash last month from a Central Market stand in Lancaster.

Hung Phuoc Nguyen, 44, homeless, pretended to be an employee at a vendor's stand Jan. 30 at 23 N. Market St. while a real employee was away, police said.

He reportedly fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police released a detailed description Tuesday, along with a hand-drawn sketch of Nguyen, submitted by a witness at the time.

"We released all of those details together in our police log in the hope that someone recognizes the suspect," Lancaster city police said in a Facebook post. "This was not done in jest."

Nguyen was positively identified by a witness as well as investigators and veteran officers who recognized his physical description and alleged motive, police said.

"While the sketch provided by the witness may have appeared amateurish and cartoonish, it, along with the distinctive physical descriptors, jogged the memory of at least one investigator to provide a potential suspect name," Lancaster police said on the department's Crime Watch page.

Nguyen was charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking, according to court records.

Police checked his last known address, but he wasn't found.

Anyone with information regarding Nguyen's whereabouts is asked to call Lancaster police at 717-735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 800-322-1913.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously by texting LANCS and a message to 847411.

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