Friends star David Schwimmer investigated in beer theft

Left: David Schwimmer Right: Blackpool beer thiefSecurity footage has revealed Friends star David Schwimmer has a sticky-fingered doppelganger who stole a case of beer from a restaurant in Blackpool, England. But the actor insists he was in America at the time and couldn’t possibly have committed the robbery.

Schwimmer, who played Ross Gellar on the hit television series, quickly became the subject of a viral manhunt for the thief who was caught on camera stealing the beer. The suspect has dark hair and was captured wearing a black overcoat and is looking up at the camera while clutching the case of beer.

A still image was shared to the Blackpool Police Facebook page and in less than 24 hours the post had more than 112,000 comments and 72,000 shares, largely from fans pointing out the striking resemblance between the beer thief and Schwimmer.

“That’s clearly not Ross. They’re as different as night and… later that night,” one user commented, in reference to one of Schwimmer’s lines from the show’s second season.

Another wrote, “It’s a staff member. He was on a break,” which was one of Ross’ most famous lines from the series.

“Please approach with caution. He is known to have studied karate and we believe he has mastered the art of Unagi, the state of total awareness,” one user quipped, taken from an episode in which Ross claims he is an expert in self defense.

In response to the viral image, Schwimmer took to Facebook and Twitter to share a video of himself carrying a case of beer in a similar fashion as the thief. He captioned the video, “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.” Click below to watch the video.

Police later released a statement: “We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date.” They added, “We’re so sorry it has to be this way,” as a clever wink to the Friends theme song. ~Caitlyn Clancey

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  1. Dierdre • October 25, 2018 @ 12:47 PM

    Im not a investigator, but having a good look at the picture its not him, the thief has a fatter face and his hairline is longer along the ears

  2. Wendy • October 25, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

    It might be that the CCTV photo isn’t quite the right ratio, but at any rate, hilarious response from Schwimmer!

  3. Gareth • October 25, 2018 @ 2:16 PM

    That was fat naked guy getting back at his friends

  4. Shan • October 25, 2018 @ 2:49 PM

    This is misleading headline (at best) and blatant lie (at worst). Do better Tribute!

  5. Loreen • October 25, 2018 @ 3:58 PM

    Trashy headline. Very misleading. Disappointed in you Tribute

  6. Maria • October 25, 2018 @ 4:35 PM

    I think the headline is hilarious and technically, it’s actually accurate. Good job, Tribute. People, get a sense of humour.

  7. Andy • October 25, 2018 @ 10:04 PM

    Schwimmer is a funny guy, they need to bring that show back.

  8. birdman_38 • October 26, 2018 @ 8:53 AM

    Questioned? Yes.
    Investigated? Not so much.

  9. sammy • October 26, 2018 @ 10:01 AM

    I watched f.r.i.e.n.d.s when it first aired and now i get to watch all the episodes again on netflix and you really get to appreciate how hilarious and special it all really was, including the cast and especially david. what a hilarious man omg

    Also guys it literally says:“We have INVESTIGATED this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date” so really the title is totally true lol just gotta use your eyes and read eh 😉

  10. Josh • November 4, 2018 @ 10:14 AM

    It was Russ lol

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