Police make arrest in David Schwimmer lookalike probe

Joann Johnston
November 13, 2018

A United Kingdom police department is sending their thanks to David Schwimmer!

The man whose image went viral after internet users suggested he was a doppelganger for Friends actor David Schwimmer has been arrested in London.

Now, nearly three weeks after the theft, the actual thief has been arrested from Southall, London and is being questioned.

A photo of the alleged thief became a social media sensation in October due to the man's uncanny resemblance to Schwimmer.

'Thank you for the support, especially David Schwimmer!'

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They quickly found their Facebook feed inundated with replies and merriment after they posted an image of the man, who was the spitting image of the love-lorn United States sitcom star.

Social media users pointed out the likeness to Mr Schwimmer's character Ross Geller in the popular U.S. sitcom when police in Blackpool posted an image of a man leaving a restaurant and carrying what appeared to be a carton of cans.

"Officers, I swear it wasn't me", he quipped. "Thanks to our colleagues @MetPoliceUK, a 36-year-old man was arrested in Southall last night on suspicion of theft. As you can see, I was in NY", he wrote.

Schwimmer's lighthearted video, which attracted 180,000 retweets and 611,000 likes, had been posted on Twitter two days earlier. "We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date".

'To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation'.

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