David Schwimmer Receives Gratitude From Police After Lookalike Arrested In UK

David Schwimmer speaks onstage during The Rape Foundation's Annual Brunch on October 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
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A police department in the United Kingdom has given their regards to David Schwimmer after his unexpected involvement in a theft case, according to a report from Entertainment Tonight.

The Lancashire Police’s official Twitter account announced on Monday that a 36-year-old man was arrested in Southall on Sunday night as a suspect for a theft in October. The man arrested received international attention due to his uncanny resemblance to Schwimmer, who played the character Ross on Friends.

The Lancashire Police’s tweet read, “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!”

Almost immediately after the Blackpool Police released images on their Facebook page of the alleged thief, rushing out of a restaurant carrying a carton of cans, they were flooded with comments in regards to his striking resemblance to Schwimmer. The public suspicion of the 52-year-old Schwimmer was so immense that they had to release a follow-up statement that said, “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.”

Schwimmer took the comparison in stride and even took part in the fun surrounding the situation, releasing a parody video of his own that recreated the original video rushing out of the location with his arms full of cans.

Schwimmer also declared his innocence, pleading with officers that he had actually been in New York City at the time of the alleged theft, ending it with the hashtag “itwasntme.”

Once the Lancashire Police announced that the suspected thief had been captured, the Met Police retweeted the message with the comment, “Happy to help @LancsPolice #IllBeThereForYou,” a reference to the wildly popular Friends theme song.

In other odd news related to David Schwimmer, the actor could potentially be in line for a massive payday, with news of a $1 million offer being levied to Schwimmer to appear in a Friends porn parody, according to a report from the Evening Standard.

Schwimmer received a letter from the pornography streaming service YouPorn with an offer to join their X-rated production of the iconic 90s sitcom.

The letter read, “To make everyone’s dreams come true, we want to bring those talents back to the screen and are offering you a $1 million contract to star in your very own FRIENDS porn parody. We know it’s not the silver screen, but we already have a Rachel on board and think it’s the perfect PIVOT! in your career. We’ll even let you wear those leather pants again!”

Schwimmer has yet to comment on the offer.