London police, arrested a 36-year-old man who resembles actor David Schwimmer, on suspicion of theft, the Guardian writes.
The suspect was arrested in Southall, west London, on Monday night.
The case went viral shortly after Lancashire 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 CCTV footage bears a strong resemblance to Schwimmer, who played Ross Geller in the popular sitcom Friends.
The original appeal on social media was inundated with jokes, with many Facebook users posting references to some well-known lines of Ross. One wrote: “Shouldn’t he be at work … or is he on a break?” Another posted: “I bet he was shouting ‘PIVOT’ as he picked those beers up.”
Others picked up on the show’s theme tune, with one user writing: “So no one told him life was gonna be this way. His job’s a joke, he’s broke. Love life DOA. It’s like he’s always stuck in second gear. And when it hasn’t been his day, his week, his month or even his year, well, HE WILL STEAL FROM YOOOOUUUUUU.”
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 joke video that said as much.
— schwim (@DavidSchwimmer) October 24, 2018
Lancashire police 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.”
Blackpool police noted in a statement: “Following the appeal we posted looking for a man who resembles a well-known actor from the popular sitcom Friends; we now have an update.
“Thanks to our colleagues in the Metropolitan police, a 36-year-old man was arrested in Southall last night on suspicion of theft.”
Lancashire constabulary 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! pic.twitter.com/nOgF1KQb0X
— LancsPolice (@LancsPolice) November 13, 2018