Police appealing for help to identify a man accused of snatching handbags from shopping trolleys got more than they bargained for from ‘helpful’ Australians.
Tweed Heads detectives put out a call to Facebook – and it didn’t take long for many people to playfully ‘uncover’ the man in question.
Plenty on Facebook also compared the wanted man to infamous ‘rave guy’ Shaun Jackson from the UK.
The man (pictured above) Tweed-Byron Police want to speak to – he stands accused of taking personal belongings out of other shopping trolleys
A number of ‘helpful’ suggestions from the public said the man accused of stealing handbags could be musician Peter Garrett, ex footy players Brendan Fevola and Willie Mason, or even UK party animal Shaun Johnson (pictured above)
Jackson became an overnight internet sensation in 2014 after footage of him dancing at a nightclub called Bounce By The Ounce went viral.
His image has since been used for countless animations by social media users.
‘Tweed-Byron Police District need to bringing the communities attention to an opportunistic thief in the Tweed Heads area,’ the post read.
‘The thief is taking personal belongings out of shopping trolleys when victims are not watching.’
One Facebook user said the wanted man looked like a ‘zombie version of Peter Garrett’, with another suggesting it was ‘Willie (Mason) on a bad day.’
A third wrote the man looked like he was ‘dressed following a recent court appearance’ and other people intimating the man had little or no teeth due to a possible crippling meth addiction.
As of Thursday afternoon, police were said to be still attempting to track down the suspect.
Others on Facebook said the man bore resemblance to Midnight Oil front man Peter Garrett (left) or former NRL star Willie Mason (right)
UK plasterer Shaun Jackson (pictured above) achieved infamy in 2014 online when a clip of him presumably on a cocktail of party drugs in a nightclub went viral