“Friends” actor David Schwimmer will be there for you when the rain starts to pour, even if you are a foreign police department looking for a beer bandit.
Yes, in a brief departure from the ‘round the clock horror show that is the news cycle, we bring you a friendly collaboration between a beloved Jewish actor and the British police force that apprehended his lookalike at last:
Remember the “Friends” beer theft story?. Police have now arrested the David Schwimmer lookalike in Southall, London. He’s being questioned on suspicion of theft from a shop in Blackpool. The American actor tweeted his own image of the incident and told police “It wasn’t me!”. pic.twitter.com/IlN3Y7sEeA— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) November 13, 2018
Jewish actor Schwimmer was nearly pulled into a life of crime in late October, when fans noted that a suspected thief caught on camera by the Lancashire Police Department strongly resembled the square-jawed, tufty-haired Schwimmer. Schwimmer was gracious enough to reenact the beer heist in a viral Twitter clip, and was cheerfully exonerated by the good people of the UK, and the world.
On Tuesday, Lancashire police announced that they caught the real culprit, a 36-year-old man, in Southall, and thanked Schwimmer for his “support.”
Now that Schwimmer’s name is cleared and he is the acclaimed writer, star, and director of a viral video clip, we hope he will devote himself to making a “Friends” reunion happen. We’ll bring the beer.
Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny
This story "Police Thank David Schwimmer Post Capturing Beer Thief" was written by Jenny Singer.