Have you seen this person? Contenders for the world’s weirdest photofits

Featureless faces, green hair and borrowed identities have all been released by police looking for criminals

Glamorous: But she's wanted in connection with a £1,000 distraction burglary in Cheltenham
Glamorous: But she’s wanted in connection with a £1,000 distraction burglary in Cheltenham

Cheltenham seems to be going through a period of criminal behaviour – after police issued e-fits of a gang who look like they could appear in Downton Abbey.

The trio are wanted for a distraction burglary and distraction thefts in the town.

An Efit-V of a man in the large hat who is wanted for a distraction burglary in Cheltenham
Under his hat: An Efit-V of a man wanted for a distraction burglary in Cheltenham

 

A bizarre Efit-V of a ginger woman who is believed to be an accomplice of a man in a large hat who is wanted for a distraction burglary in Cheltenham
Bizarre: Efit-V of a redhead believed to be his accomplice

But they are by no means the oddest pictures put out by police as they attempt to track down criminal suspects.

Police in Bolivia were ridiculed in 2009 after releasing an amateurish sketch in a bid to help solve an eight-month-old murder case. But the last laugh was on them as they arrested a suspect.

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Childish: This photofit is not exactly hi-tech

 

 

A burglary victim was unimpressed by this e-fit put out by Norfolk police in 2006.

She said she would ask them to have another go as the image “looked like no one I’ve ever seen in my life”.

A burglary victim said today she would ask police to revise the computerised image they released of one of the suspects saying the e-fit "looked like no one I've ever seen in my life"
Alien: A burglary victim asked for a new e-fit after this one was released

 

Portuguese police issued this notorious ‘egg’ e-fit during the hunt for missing British youngster Madeleine McCann. Simon Russell, 40, told how police brought the faceless image to his internet shop to ask if any customers had been accessing suspicious websites. He said: “Basically I was looking at nothing more than an egg with brown hair and a side parting.” He drew it from memory to give the picture below.

The e-fit of a man, as drawn from memory by British born DVD shop owner Simon Russell after being shown it by police
Hopeless: How was this supposed to help find Maddy?

 

Portugal’s is not the only police force to think facial features are optional. Royal Thai Police sent out this next to useless sketch of a bank robber in 2009.

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Doctor Who: Faceless e-fit looks like a sci-fi creation

 

 

This 2005 e-fit from Strathclyde Police at least included a nose and mouth, but the bizarre glasses and no eyes made this suspect in an abduction and assault look Andy Warhol-esque.

Strathclyde Police undated handout e-fit of the man they want to trace in relation to the abduction and serious assault of a 39-year-old woman driver
Strathclyde Police undated handout e-fit of the man they want to trace in relation to the abduction and serious assault of a 39-year-old woman driver

 

A thief who stole £60 from an 85-year-old pensioner’s handbag was described as white, aged 40 to 45, with a round clean-shaven face, large eyes and wavy blonde to greying hair.

Hampshire police put together this e-fit – which seems to have a lettuce halo.

Police E-Fit of a burglary suspect with bright green 'lettuce' hair
Hair dye: Lime green hair looks odd

 

Laws prevented New Zealand police hunting a teen suspect in connection of a burglary releasing a picture of the 16-year-old lad they wanted to question.

Instead they used a picture of the decades older Cracker star Robbie Coltrane, who they said the suspect resembled.

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Cracked it? Not like this 

This TV news presenter had an altogether different problem with an unfortunate resemblance to a suspected rapist.

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Oh dear: Looking like a suspect is never good

 

 

 

Atlanta police were looking for a murdering truck driver when they released this e-fit, which appears to show a man with a chimney brush on his head.

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Moustache: Big hair could clean chimneys

 

 

South Wales police issued this less than ideal photo-fit of a robbery suspect in 2008.

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Under his hat: Police were looking for a robber

 

 

In 2005, 82 year old Australian caricaturist Bill “Weg” Green confronted a burglar running through his back yard in Victoria.

After confronting the intruder, Green called the police then proceeded to take pen to paper and produce the lovable cartoon rogue below. But it was enough to help the cops arrest the culprit at a local shop.

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Can you guess who it is yet? Caricaturist’s photofit

 

 

This armed robber looks somewhat surprised. Scotland Yard issued the e-fit of one of two men who ambushed a security van at gunpoint

Scotland Yard e-fit issued image of one of two men who ambushed a security van at gunpoint
Cycle helmet? The e-fit looked bizarre

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