Yes, you read that right. Ross Geller from Friends was caught up in a crime. The situation came about when the Blackpool police department, in England, posted on their Facebook page about a recent restaurant robbery. A suspect was caught on the security cameras, shoplifting beer from a local restaurant. After posting the suspect's picture, responses began flooding in. Immediately, people pointed out the suspect's startling likeness to Ross Geller, a character from the hit TV show Friends. Before long, the mystery of Ross and the beer thief became an international talking point over the Internet. The Blackpool police even got in on the joke with their Facebook posts.
When you see the pictures for yourself, you'll realize that the resemblance is uncanny. And in all the craziness, David Schwimmer, who played Ross on the show has reacted to the news with a hilarious response. Good one, Ross!
The One Where Ross Became a Thief
That’s right: a suspect was caught on camera robbing a case of beer from a restaurant in Blackpool, UK. And the robber looked exactly like Ross Geller from Friends (aka David Schwimmer).
Blackpool Police reached out for information via Facebook.
The original post read: "Do you recognize this man? We want to speak to him in relation to a theft at a Blackpool restaurant on the 20th of September."
And the culprit was quickly identified as Ross Geller.Really, though, don’t they look alike?
From there, the post went international.
And yes, people were cracking a ton of Friends jokes. Golden opportunities like this don’t happen often!
Let the jokes begin!
Being mistaken for a criminal... it is not that common, it doesn’t happen to every guy and it IS a big deal!!! -Louise Parker
We know that they know.
Blackpool Police think they can mess with us? They don't know that we know they know we know it's Ross. The messers become the messies! -Jayna Klinkebiel
One popular theory was that it wasn’t Ross at all.
@greggrunberg @DavidSchwimmer That's Russ.... Ross's doppelganger nemesis! 😂😂😂😂 #friends— Brandi (@Brandi)1540355241.0
There’s a lot of Ross to go around.
@greggrunberg @DavidSchwimmer Could there be any more Ross’ https://t.co/HTYKVKqC0v— I blocked you because you’re stupid 👍🏾 (@I blocked you because you’re stupid 👍🏾)1540357831.0
No one told him life was going to be this way.
@BBCBreakfast His mother warned him there'd be days like these #friendslyrics— Nat (Natterblog/classy bird reviews (FB) 🌻 (@Nat (Natterblog/classy bird reviews (FB) 🌻)1540360156.0
Honestly, the whole song works for this.
I don’t think it’s been this guy’s day, his week, his month, or even his year… - Nick Croston
The suspect was confirmed to be dangerous.
Please approach with caution. He is known to have studied Karate and we believe he has mastered Unagi, the state of total awareness. - Aaron Milburn
Some couldn’t help but remark on the thief’s technique.
Apparently, the police had him cornered then, he performed a pivot maneuver and escaped. - Jay Murdoch
Others were concerned.
It can't be good for his rage. He could send the police 72 long stemmed red roses so they can make potpourri. -Lisa Townsley
But the incident needed to be taken seriously.
Guys this is serious…it was a robbery based on giving and receiving as well as having and sharing. And the stolen items that they give and have is shared and received. And through this having and giving and sharing and receiving, we too can share and love and have…and receive. - Ali Mammon.
A good support system is important.Especially when the rain starts to fall.
Don’t make us read the police report.
I was going to read the report for this but it was 18 pages…FRONT AND BACK! It rambled on for so long that I fell asleep. - Billy Hewitt
Some people had sympathy for Ross.
Lay off him. He grew up with Monica. IF YOU DIDN’T EAT FAST YOU DIDN’T EAT. - Louise Lewis
How did he keep track of his stolen goods?
I wonder if he counted the cans Mississippilessly - Claire Louise
I wonder why he went for the alcohol.
Maybe Ross is checking out the difference between a beer and a lager… - James Gascoigne
Or maybe he grabbed those beers for another reason…
Needed them to wash down Rachel’s Enligsh trifle. - Siobhan Abbey
Now, why would Ross Geller be there in the first place?
Shouldn't he be at work...or is he on a break? - Joe Richardson
People began wondering what David Schwimmer himself had to say about this.
What happened to my good pal @DavidSchwimmer !!! https://t.co/fn9MHbpnCj— Greg Grunberg ❤️🍑❤️🍑 (@Greg Grunberg ❤️🍑❤️🍑)1540355029.0
And could he account for his whereabouts on September 20th?
@DavidSchwimmer - you in town for the illuminations?— Samantha Quek (@Samantha Quek)1540327666.0
So much for that theory, though!
Eventually, Blackpool Police themselves confirmed that Schwimmer was in America at the time of the robbery.
And they had some fun with their statement: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. - Blackpool Police
David Schwimmer also responded.
Officers, I swear it wasn't me. As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck w… https://t.co/OXTkbg0U93— schwim (@schwim)1540396114.0
Blackpool Police enjoyed Schwimmer’s input.
On Blackpool PD’s Facebook page, they shared the following comment: “Thanks for being there for us David Schwimmer ? We appreciate your support! ?"
All this attention is bad news for the robber.
Bloody brilliant. I reckon the real criminal is now in permanent hiding from pretty much everyone everywhere -Julie Harvey
Don't worry, there's a happy ending.
As a result of all the internet’s sharing, Blackpool Police have identified their suspect!
Blackpool wrapped up their case with another post.
Only time will tell if our culprit was the dreaded arch-nemesis, Russ.