Authorities in Blackpool, England, are looking for a man with a strong resemblance to former Friends actor David Schwimmer. That man is accused of stealing from a restaurant, Mr.Basrai’s World Cuisines.

“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 quoting log LC-20180920-0670. Thank you for your help.”

Schwimmer himself responded with a video showing him carrying a case of beer at a supermarket while walking past a security 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.”

That wasn’t the end of jokes for the Blackpool police department.

“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.”