The police in Blackpool are hunting for David Schwimmer’s doppelganger. The video of the look-alike stealing beer went viral. The man looks so much like Schwimmer that he felt compelled to provide the police with his alibi. A new spoof video made by Schwimmer himself has taken the whole incident to a new level.
— schwim (@DavidSchwimmer) October 24, 2018
“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. Since Friends has debuted on Netflix, Schwimmer–who played Ross–has seen a boost in his career.
— Brad Roberts (@TheBrad001) October 25, 2018
“Do you recognise this man? We want to speak to him in relation to a theft at a Blackpool restaurant on the 20th September,” the authorities posted.
— MG (@muhammadghumra) October 25, 2018
After the initial video of the September 20 shoplifting was posted, the Blackpool police were flooded with tips–all pointing to the 51-year-old Schwimmer.
— Megara Furie (@MegaraFurie) October 25, 2018
The police in Scotland got in on the act, too. Police in Dumfries and Galloway advised that the public “keep away” from the man, Daily Mail reports.
“He is known to have studied karate and we believe he has mastered the art of Unagi, the state of total awareness,” they posted, “in a reference to one episode of the sitcom where Ross claims to be an expert in self-defence.”
Case closed. pic.twitter.com/xZQ5uE5gZX
— Husamovic (@Husam_Baseet) October 25, 2018
And it seems the case may be closed:
“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. We’re so sorry it has to be this way,” the police wrote.
“Could we BE any more overwhelmed with the response to our CCTV appeal after a theft at a restaurant in Blackpool?”
“Most importantly, we’re now satisfied we’ve identified the man in the still & our enquiries are very much continuing.”
“Huge thanks for sharing it with your Friends.”