There’s been an arrest in the ‘Ross from Friends’-lookalike Blackpool theft

The overwhelming attention surrounding the suspected thief's resemblance to David Schwimmer even prompted a response from the actor himself

Lancashire Police have announced that they have made an arrest in the ‘Ross from Friends‘-lookalike robbery case.

Last month, a CCTV image of the suspected thief – who police say was involved in a robbery at a Blackpool restaurant on September 20 – went viral due to his remarkable resemblance to Friends actor David Schwimmer.

Schwimmer responded to the huge media attention over his lookalike by recording his own tongue-in-cheek version of the ‘theft’ in a New York shop, before then protesting his innocence on Twitter.

“Officers, I swear it wasn’t me. As you can see, I was in New York,” he wrote on Twitter on October 24. “To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation.” See the post below.

Lancashire Police have now given an update on the case, tweeting this morning (November 13) to confirm that a 36-year-old suspect was arrested in Southall, west London last night on suspicion of theft. The force also thanked Schwimmer for his support in publicising the case.

The Metropolitan Police, who assisted in the arrest, replied to Lancashire Police with a Friends reference: “Happy to help… #IllBeThereForYou.”

Last year, a Facebook page which had been falsely listed as being officially affiliated with David Schwimmer went viral after promising that a Friends TV reunion would take place in 2018.