David Schwimmer has told Sky News he is relieved a lookalike thief who went viral after being caught on camera didn’t commit a more serious crime.
The Friends star said he was sent details about the incident in Blackpool by friends in the UK after police released video footage in 2018.
The post quickly amassed more than 11 million shares and officers were initially swamped with replies from people pointing out the suspect’s likeness to Ross Geller, Schwimmer‘s famous character from the sitcom.
The actor responded with his own jokey replica video to prove he was not behind the theft, assuring authorities he was in New York at the time.
Speaking alongside Nick Mohammed, his co-star in new Sky comedy Intelligence, about the inner workings of cyber security experts at GCHQ, Schwimmer revealed how he became aware of his criminal doppelganger.
“There was an incident where someone who some people thought looked like me was caught on camera stealing beer,” he told Sky News.
Mohammed says Schwimmer sent him the video that he made in response.
“David sent me the clip that [he] had done and said, ‘I did this, I don’t know if you’ve seen it’, and I was like, are you kidding? This is huge over here, this has been trending on Twitter for days.”
“No one in the States knew about this until, I guess, I sent my little clip,” says Schwimmer.
“My friends here in the UK had sent me a link to the post that the police had posted, which was quite cheeky.
“And I thought, well, if they’re gonna have fun at this, then I thought I’d better respond. That was funny.
“I was just glad it wasn’t a more serious crime, because then I wouldn’t have responded.”
Abdulah Husseini, the main in the police footage, was jailed for nine months for theft and fraud offences in August 2019.
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He had used a stolen bank card to buy beer at an Iceland store after swiping a wallet from a man’s jacket at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Husseini, who was 36 when he was jailed, used the card to make or attempt to make fraudulent purchases at four shops in Blackpool, Lancashire.
Source : Sky News