David Schwimmer lookalike thief who was caught stealing cans of beer has been arrested
The Blackpool Police initially posted a CCTV image of the suspect leaving a restaurant with a crate of what looked like stolen beer cans
An arrest has been made in the case of a man who was caught on camera stealing beer, and whose uncanny resemblance to Friends' actor David Schwimmer made him go viral.
Lancashire Police said on Tuesday that a 36-year-old man had been arrested in London on suspicion of theft. "Thank you for the support, especially @DavidSchwimmer!" the force tweeted.
The Blackpool Police initially posted a CCTV image of the thief leaving a restaurant with a crate of what looked like stolen beer cans. Fans of the hit American sitcom, however, pointed out that the suspect and Schwimmer's character Ross Geller looked incredibly alike.
In an epic response to the story, Schwimmer posted a video on his Twitter account showing him scurrying with a crate of beer in the same way the suspect did. The only difference was that the actor did it in a convenience store on the other side of the Atlantic.
Police are on the hunt for a David Schwimmer lookalike accused of theft from a restaurant in England.— ABC News (@ABC) October 24, 2018
"Officers, I swear it wasn't me," Schwimmer says. https://t.co/gwEtXfyKo2 pic.twitter.com/w0aWOZyF7G
Schwimmer captioned the video: "Officers, I swear it wasn't me. As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation." He added the hashtag #itwasntme.
The Lancashire Police posted an update to the investigation on November 13 into the alleged theft that took place in the restaurant on September 20. The authorities tweeted: "Following the appeal we posted looking for a man who resembles a well-known actor, we now have an update. Thanks to our colleagues @MetPoliceUK, a 36-year-old man was arrested in Southall last night on suspicion of theft. Thank you for the support, especially @DavidSchwimmer!"
Following the appeal we posted looking for a man who resembles a well-known actor, we now have an update. Thanks to our colleagues @MetPoliceUK, a 36-year-old man was arrested in Southall last night on suspicion of theft. Thank you for the support, especially @DavidSchwimmer! pic.twitter.com/nOgF1KQb0X— LancsPolice (@LancsPolice) November 13, 2018
After the initial appeal by police on their Facebook page, social media users wasted no time taking to various platforms making their comparisons between the actor and the suspected thief. One of the users quoted a lyric from the famous theme song by the Rembrandts: "So no-one told me life was going to be this wayyyy." Another wrote: "I heard his getaway driver was stuck in second gear..." Nick Croston said: "I don't think it's been this guy's day, his week, his month or even his year...."
The Scottish Police also decided to jump aboard with the Friends reference game that everyone seemed to be playing with officers from Dumfries and Galloway sharing the post of the suspect and asking people to "keep away" from the suspected thief. They said in a reference to an episode where Ross claimed to be an expert in self-defense: "He is known to have studied karate and we believe he has mastered the art of Unagi, the state of total awareness."
Another twitter user, Aaron Milburn, riffed on the same theme: "Please approach with caution. He is known to have studied Karate and we believe he has mastered the art of Unagi, the state of total awareness."
Another user said: "So no one told you life was gonna be this way; Your job's a joke, you're broke; Your love life's DOA; It's like you're always stuck in second gear; And before you know it you're in SPAR stealing some beer."
The police couldn't resist getting in on the joke and said: "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. We're so sorry it has to be this way."