UPDATE: The Lancashire Police department has reported that they've identified the man in the still. The department's Twitter account shared with followers, "Could we BE any more overwhelmed with the response to our CCTV appeal about 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."
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Police in Blackpool, England are searching for a man who bears a striking resemblance to Friends alum David Schwimmer and who is suspected of stealing from a restaurant, Mr. Basrai's World Cuisines, British outlets reported.
"Do you recognize this man? We want to speak to him in relation to a theft at a Blackpool restaurant on the 20th September," the Blackpool police department said in a statement on Facebook on Tuesday, alongside a CCTV screenshot of the suspect holding a case of cans, which appear to be beer. "If you know who this is, please email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting log LC-20180920-0670. Thank you for your help."
Schwimmer himself responded with a parody video showing him carrying a case of beer at a supermarket while walking past a camera and looking into the lens.
"Officers, I swear it wasn't me," he wrote. "As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation. #itwasntme."
Meanwhile, the Blackpool police department's post drew jokes from fans, many of which posted quotes from Schwimmer's character Ross Gellar.
"I can't see him properly... the security camera just needs to pivot.. pivot.... pivot!" one user said.
Another person wrote, "Looks like Ross from Friends to me with that confusion on his face...approach with caution , studied Karatey and has Unagi."
"That's not Ross, it's Russ!!!" another user corrected.
The Blackpool police department took the jokes in stride.
"Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses," they commented. "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."
Originally published on Wed, Oct. 24, at 7:43 a.m.