LONDON •Their clue was that he seemed like Ross from the sitcom Friends. A month after beginning their seek for a person accused of stealing a case of beer, British police stated on Tuesday that they’d arrested in London a person on suspicion of theft.
It was a routine case save for one element: The suspect bore an uncanny resemblance to actor David Schwimmer, recognized for enjoying the socially awkward scientist Ross Geller within the hit TV collection.
That was sufficient to make a police attraction to the general public to assist discover the suspect go viral.
Authorities within the seaside city of Blackpool, England, posted a picture on Facebook of a person clutching the beers and staring right into a safety digital camera.
Fans of the collection, which ran for 10 years, had been fast to level out that the blurry picture of a person with black hair, robust jawline and carrying black may simply be mistaken for considered one of Schwimmer.
The similarity impressed a lot of Friends-related jokes within the feedback, the place folks used well-known traces from the present to touch upon the picture.
“It’s not been his day, his month or even his year,” wrote one particular person on Facebook, appropriating lyrics from the present’s theme track.
Even Schwimmer bought in on the act.
“Officers, I swear it wasn’t me,” the actor stated on social media. He posted a video, which seemed like safety footage, of him making off with a case of beer, however in New York.
“As you can see, I was in New York,” wrote Schwimmer, who has lived in London. “To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation.”
When NBC aired the collection finale in 2004, it had the fourth-biggest viewers ever and it stays well-liked everywhere in the world.
The total collection was launched on the streaming website Netflix in 2014, within the United States and later elsewhere, although it has prompted questions on how nicely the present has aged.
On Tuesday, the Blackpool police thanked their colleagues in London, who made the arrest, and Schwimmer for his assist. The Metropolitan Police additionally continued the TV-inspired jokes.
“Happy to help @LancsPolice #IllBeThereForYou,” they tweeted.