UK authorities are on the lookout for a restaurant thief who just so happens to resemble David Schwimmer, the actor who played Ross from the 1990’s superhit sitcom Friends. On Monday, Blackpool police released an image of the suspect (and Schwimmer doppelganger) on Facebook.
“Do you recognize this man? We want to speak to him in relation to a theft at the Blackpool restaurant on the 20th of September,” the police announced.
The comment section on Blackpool’s Police Facebook post was suddenly filled with references to Friends, Moist Maker sandwiches, and Ross’ doppelganger Russ. And of course, it would be fitting if there weren’t plenty of Facebook users commenting that he was “on a break”-a reference to Ross’ on again, off again, relationship with Jennifer Anniston’s character, Rachel Green.
By yesterday afternoon, the post had over 137,00 comments. It has since been deleted from the Blackpool Police’s Facebook page.
The police department in Dumfries, Scotland, decided to comment by referring to a famous Friends episode where Ross insists he’s a master of self defense. They shared the Blackpool Police post and added:
“Before you go to bed you should read the comments on this post by Blackpool police. And if you see him keep away, he is known to have studied Karate and we believe he has mastered the art of Unagi, the state of total awareness.”
Schwimmer was keen to prove his innocence on Twitter, posting a video of himself in New York running through a grocery store with a case of beer.
“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,” Schwimmer wrote.
— schwim (@DavidSchwimmer) October 24, 2018
Blackpool police confirmed yesterday that the thief was not David Schwimmer or Ross Geller, concluding that he was in New York at the time.
The Police wrote on Facebook:
“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.”
Just a couple of hours ago, the Blackpool police posted on Facebook that they had identified the man in the picture and their investigation is moving forward.
As of yet, it is unclear whether the Ross Geller-look-alike has been apprehended by the Blackpool police authorities. Perhaps the suspect is “on a break”. Besides his short tweet, Ross Geller and his team have not issued an official comment on the matter.