The search for the David Schwimmer lookalike accused of stealing from a restaurant in England has come to an end.
A suspect who bears a striking resemblance to the actor’s character Ross on the long-running Friends sitcom is under arrest. In October, police posted online an image from surveillance video of the alleged thief that went viral — and the actor followed by posting a cheeky video to declare it wasn’t him.
No name was released to identify the 36-year-old suspect, who police said in a tweet was arrested in London on Monday in connection with the alleged Sept. 20 theft of a carton of cans from a Blackpool restaurant.
“Thank you for the support, especially @DavidSchwimmer!,” Lancaster Police tweeted.
Metropolitan Police in London responded with their own tweet to their law enforcement peers, referencing the show’s well-known theme song with the hashtag #IllBeThereForYou.
After the initial image of the suspect went viral, fans of the NBC show swiftly spread the word and helped authorities identify the man they wanted for questioning.
Comments poured in referencing almost every aspect of the show, which initially ran from 1994 to 2004 but lives on in reruns. The subjects ranged from yet another play on the show’s theme song — “It’s not been his day, his month or even his year,” one user wrote — to esoteric one-liners.
The many jokes about the now 51-year-old actor’s character of Ross Geller, a cerebral paleontologist, including that he was “on a break” — a nod to Ross’ on-again, off-again relationship with Rachel Green, played by Jennifer Aniston.
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Joining in on the joke, Schwimmer posed a video of himself moving swiftly through a convenience store with cans, which resembled the suspect photo circulated by police.
“Officers, I swear it wasn’t me. As you can see, I was in New York,” he wrote. “To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation. #itwasntme”
The day before Schwimmer’s post, Blackpool police playfully announced the alleged thief was not Schwimmer, saying the actor was in the United States at the time.
“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,” they wrote. “We’re so sorry it has to be this way.”