Blackpool Police Claim They Have 'Identified' David Schwimmer Lookalike
Police hunting a thief who bears a striking suspicion to David Schwimmer/Ross Gellar from the TV show Friends say that they have identified the real culprit.
No, it wasn't Ross, or Russ for that matter.
Blackpool police released a statement packed to the brim with references to the popular TV show.
They said: "Could we BE any more overwhelmed with the response to our CCTV appeal on Tuesday - the one where we wanted to identify a man in connection with a theft at a Blackpool restaurant on 20th September.
"We really appreciate your support and thank you for sharing the post with all your Friends.
"On a serious note, as a result of the international attention, we received a number of positive lines of enquiry.
"We are now satisfied we have identified the man in the picture and our enquiries are continuing."
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 :thumbsup: pic.twitter.com/61V2V4KMuu- Blackpool Police (@BlackpoolPolice) October 25, 2018
Excellent work, everyone. Not only did we get a decent laugh, we might have also brought a criminal to justice.
Give yourselves a pat on the back, LADs.
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The original post from Blackpool Police was put out the other day and read: "Do you recognise this man? We want to speak to him in relation to a theft at a Blackpool restaurant on the 20th September.
"If you know who this is, please email [email protected] quoting log LC-20180920-0670. Thank you for your help."
After that, news of the incident travelled around the world in a way that you'd have to imagine not that many crimes in the greater Blackpool area do.
Within minutes, people had noticed the similarities between the criminal and Ross Gellar. To their credit, the police got in on the joke and posted: "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".
It didn't end there. In order to clear his name, David Schwimmer himself posted a hilarious video in which he hit back at claims that he had stolen the crate of beer.
Naturally, he distanced himself from the crime, posting a video of him stealing a completely different case of beer in a New York shop. Schwimmer said: "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."
To be fair, that's exactly what I'd say if I'd just nicked a crate of beer and been identified by the coppers.
A likely story, Mr Schwimmer.
Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros/Blackpool Police