The One Where UK Police Arrest David Schwimmer Look-Alike Beer Thief

UK police have made an arrest in an alleged beer theft that made international headlines last month because the suspect looked so much like Ross from Friends.

Lancashire Police posted a tweet today saying that they’d arrested a 36-year-old man in London yesterday on suspicion of theft. The Lancashire department made a special note of thanking Friends‘ actor David Schwimmer for his support.

“Thank you for the support, especially @DavidSchwimmer!”, tweeted the police department.

Schwimmer apparently assisted the investigation by doing nothing more than ruling himself out of the suspect pool early. Not that he was ever actually a suspect, but hey, fun is fun.

The incident began last month, when the Blackpool-area police posted security images online that showed an apparent thief walking out of a store with armloads of unpaid-for beer.

The image went viral, with numerous viewers on both sides of the Atlantic noting the resemblance between the thief and Friends-era Schwimmer. The actor got in on the act himself, posting a video on his Instagram account mimicking the thief’s movements but swearing that he’d been in New York City the whole time, nowhere near Blackpool.

“Officers, I swear it wasn’t me,” wrote Schwimmer with his Instagram video (watch it below). “As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation.”

This morning, Lancashire police 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!”

London’s Metropolitan Police Department tweeted back, “Happy to help,” adding a perfect hashtag: #IllBeThereForYou.

Here’s Schwimmer’s alibi video, followed by the latest police tweets:

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