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Everyone loves this thief who looks like Ross from ‘Friends’ (updated)

'The Friends references are going strong across Twitter and Facebook.'


Ana Valens

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 24, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 3:23 am CDT

If you’re going to steal something, make sure you don’t look like someone famous. Case in point, one thief from the United Kingdom is going viral after the internet realized he looks suspiciously like David Schwimmer, the actor who played Ross Geller in the hit sitcom Friends.

Late last month, an unidentified thief stole a jacket, wallet, and phone from a Mr. Basrai’s World Cuisines restaurant in Blackpool. Police have since released a CCTV camera photo showing the thief walking in a shop and buying a large amount of beer. That’s when fans noticed that the thief looks suspiciously like Ross, down to his hair, nose, and mouth.

It didn’t take long for Facebook users to flood the Blackpool Police’s page and share the image across the net, making plenty of Friends jokes along the way.

“Apparently the police had him cornered then he performed a pivot maneuver and escaped,” one Facebook user quipped.

The Friends references are going strong across Twitter and Facebook as fans dream about this year’s iconic revival episode. You know, the one where Ross is on the run from the U.K. police for committing a theft.


Don’t worry, Schwimmer didn’t actually commit the crime. Police have since confirmed that the Friends actor was not in the U.K. at the time, so it’s impossible that Ross’ actor is the thief in question.

“Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses,” police replied on the post. “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.”

Schwimmer has yet to comment on the matter.

Updated 3:58pm CT, Oct. 24: Schwimmer responded to the viral news on Twitter by posting his alibi.

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*First Published: Oct 24, 2018, 7:42 am CDT