Police finally arrest 'Ross from Friends lookalike' over theft

Police finally arrest 'Ross from Friends lookalike' over theft

Ross Geller was always a bit of an idiot, but he was never a thief. To be honest, if anything, he was a victim of this type of behaviour.

Given this, it was a little alarming when someone who looked just like him went viral back in October for alleged theft from a restaurant in Blackpool, a seaside town in the northwest of England.

Ross lookalike Credit: Blackpool Police/Facebook

The image of the David Schwimmer lookalike carrying a crate of beer through a shop was shared hundreds of thousands of times on social media and Friends fans had a field day cracking jokes at his expense.

Now, the case has finally come to a head, with the suspected thief arrested on Monday night.

Lancashire Police went online to update their followers on the situation, revealing that the 36-year-old man was arrested in Southall last night. In addition, they gave a shout out to David Schwimmer, thanking him for his help.

"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!" they wrote.

But just because the case was edging towards a close, it doesn't mean that the jokes didn't keep on coming. Not long after, the Metropolitan jokingly responded with the following tweet: "Happy to help @LancsPolice #IllBeThereForYou".

In addition, fans continued to make barbs in the comment section, with one person asking "Why did it take so long to find him?" and another replying "They were on a break!"

Other fans had another issue in mind though: when were we going to get a name and mug shot?

The answer to this is that police in England will only reveal the identity of a suspect if they are subsequently charged with an offence. To make it clear, the unidentified man has not been charged, only arrested on suspicion of theft.

After the original image went viral, David Schwimmer responded with a hilarious video of him pretending to steal beer from a grocery store in New York.

In addition, he proclaimed his innocence in his caption, writing: "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. #itwasntme".

The Blackpool police confirmed this tale, writing on Twitter: "Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses. 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."

Could these jokes BE any funnier?