Viral thief who looked like Ross from 'Friends' has been found, and looks "nothing like Ross"

Viral thief who looked like Ross from 'Friends' has been found, and looks "nothing like Ross"

Last year, the internet's collective imagination was captured after a CCTV video emerged showing someone who looked startlingly like Ross from 'Friends' making his way out of a store in Blackpool with a crate of beer.

The video was viewed many thousands of times on Twitter, and naturally a widespread internet frenzy ensued, as people began searching for the mystery man who looked so much like Ross, about whom little else seemed to be known.

In fact, even David Schwimmer himself got involved, creating a quite brilliant parody video of the footage along with the caption;

"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"

Well anyway, the suspect was later reportedly identified as Abdulah Husseini, 36. Husseini was apparently due to appear in Blackpool magistrates' court on December 18th on accusations of theft and fraud, but failed to make an appearance in court.

Police are now appealing for information from the public to help track down Husseini, and have released his mugshot in a bid to aid the search. As you can see, he really does look nothing like Ross from Friends in reality.

Abdulah Husseini mugshot Credit: Blackpool Police

The BBC reports that Husseini, who is accused of stealing a coat, phone and wallet from a restaurant, has evaded police for a month now.

He is described as being 6'1 and has links to Slough, although police have said that he "may have travelled to anywhere in the country".

Lancashire Police today stated;

"Police are trying to trace Abdulah Husseini, 36, after he failed to appear at court.

"Husseini was due to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on December 18 accused of theft and four counts of fraud.

This relates to a coat, mobile phone and wallet being stolen from Mr Basrai’s restaurant on Talbot Road, Blackpool on Thursday, September 20.

"Husseini failed to appear at court and a warrant has been issued for his arrest."

It is reported that Mr Husseini is also wanted by the Metropolitan Police, the 36-year-old is said to have failed to appear in court on a charge of handling stolen goods.