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British police arrest suspected thief who looks like Ross from US sitcom ‘Friends’

  • Authorities said actor David Schwimmer, who played the character on the long-running show, had a solid alibi
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2018, 10:34pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 November, 2018, 5:06am

Police in London have made an arrest in the case of a suspected thief who resembles the Friends actor David Schwimmer.

The case went viral soon after Lancashire constabulary posted an image of the suspect who was wanted over the theft of a jacket, mobile phone and wallet. Social media users were quick to point out that the man captured in security camera video footage bears a strong resemblance to Schwimmer.

Facebook users noticed the similarity when police posted surveillance-camera footage last month of a man carrying a carton of cans from a restaurant in Blackpool, northwest England.

After the widely seen appeal, police announced that a 36-year-old man was arrested in Southall, West London, on Monday night on suspicion of theft.

The original appeal on social media was inundated with jokes, with many Facebook users posting references to some well-known lines of Schwimmer’s character Ross Geller. One wrote: “Shouldn’t he be at work … or is he on a break?”

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The actor also joined in on the jokes. He denied he was responsible for the crime and insisted he had been in New York when the alleged theft had taken place. Schwimmer posted a video with some hard evidence to back his claim.

“Officers, I swear it wasn’t me,” he quipped. “As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation.”

Lancashire constabulary quickly made clear that the suspect was not Schwimmer, stating: “Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses. We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date.”

Additional reporting by Associated Press, Agence France-Presse