One of the best viral moments of 2018 has come to a satisfying conclusion.
In October, Blackpool Police in the United Kingdom posted a security footage screenshot of a theft suspect to their Facebook account.
that’s ross gellar, sir pic.twitter.com/xbahPYb4wh— 𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐤 𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 ! (@lilacperalta) October 23, 2018
It didn’t take long for the internet to realize the man looked exactly David Schwimmer, AKA Ross Geller, one of the six stars of the hit 90s sitcom Friends.
Replies to the tweet came flooding in from all over the world and it got so big that even Schwimmer took notice and played along.
The actor posted a video to his own Twitter account that showed him in a very similar situation to the thief, but in a New York grocery store.
“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.”
His response made the already viral incident spread even more and it’s now helped the U.K. authorities bring the wanted man into custody.
Following the appeal we posted looking for a man who resembles a well-known actor, we now have an update. Thanks to our colleagues @MetPoliceUK, a 36-year-old man was arrested in Southall last night on suspicion of theft. Thank you for the support, especially @DavidSchwimmer! pic.twitter.com/nOgF1KQb0X— LancsPolice (@LancsPolice) November 13, 2018
This morning, the Blackpool Police announced that with help from the London Metropolitan Police, the 36-year-old Schwimmer lookalike was arrested on Monday night.
They thanked the public, “especially David Schwimmer,” for the support.