LONDON — A man whose resemblance to "Friends" star David Schwimmer led to the surveillance video of him stealing beer to go viral received a jail sentence of 9 months.
Last October, Blackpool police posted images from surveillance video of the theft to Facebook hoping to catch the thief, who was unknown to them at the time. "Friends" fans quickly realized the resemblance between the suspect and Schwimmer, who played Ross Gellar on the hit sitcom, eliciting memes and videos of some of Schwimmer's more memorable quotes.
Police quickly confirmed that the thief was not Schwimmer.
“Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses,” the police department commented on a since-removed Facebook 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 re-created the surveillance footage in a video he posted to Twitter and Instagram.
"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," Schwimmer tweeted.
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