David Schwimmer's 'Friends' lookalike thief busted by British police

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By Associated Press  with NBC News World News
A suspect is seen in surveillance footage posted by Blackpool Police.
The suspect is seen in surveillance footage posted by Blackpool Police.   -  Copyright  Blackpool Police

LONDON — British police say they have arrested a suspect in their hunt for a shoplifter who bears a striking resemblance to Ross Geller, the character played by David Schwimmer on the TV show "Friends."

Facebook users noticed the similarity when police posted surveillance-camera footage last month of a man carrying a carton of cans from a restaurant in Blackpool, northwest England.

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The suspect is seen in surveillance footage posted by Blackpool Police.Blackpool Police

The actor responded with a Twitter video that showed him scuttling furtively through a convenience store clutching a carton of beer. Schwimmer wrote: "Officers, I swear it wasn't me. As you can see, I was in New York."

Lancashire Police said Tuesday that a 36-year-old man had been arrested in London on suspicion of theft. The force tweeted: "Thank you for the support, especially @DavidSchwimmer!"