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The One Where Police In England Finally Caught David Schwimmer’s Doppleganger For Suspicion Of Theft

The unidentified suspect's striking resemblance to the "Friends" actor created a social media stir, with even Schwimmer himself getting in on the fun.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

The social media saga has come to an end. A U.K. man suspected of theft - and who became a viral sensation thanks to his undeniable resemblance to actor David Schwimmer - was taken into custody this week, police have confirmed.

Authorities in Blackpool, England announced the news in a tweet early Tuesday morning, writing that the 36-year-old suspect, whose identity has yet to be shared, was apprehended Monday evening.

“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. Thanks for the support, especially @DavidSchwimmer!” the tweet reads.

The Schwimmer doppelganger caused a stir on social media last month when police shared surveillance footage of the suspect on Facebook after he'd allegedly stolen multiple items from a Blackpool restaurant in September. While police were seeking the public's help in identifying the man, the vast majority of the thousands of comments left on the police’s Facebook post referenced his resemblance to Schwimmer. The “Friends” actor noticed it too, and posted a video of himself spoofing the surveillance footage in an attempt to establish an "alibi."

“Officers, I swear it wasn’t me. As you can see, I was in New York,” he wrote in the caption of the video, which showed him clutching canned beverages, just like the suspect in the police’s surveillance pic.

After the suspect’s photo went viral, police confirmed last month that they’d been able to identify the man and were in the process of finding him.

“Huge thanks for sharing it with your Friends,” Lancashire Police wrote on Twitter.

[Photo: Getty Images; Blackpool Police]