Police hunt for suspect who ‘looks like Ross Geller from Friends’ – NATIONAL 

Pictured left, the man captured on CCTV and right, actor David Schwimmer - known for his role as Ross Geller in Friends. Picture: Blackpool Police / PA Wire / Wikimedia Commons (labelled for reuse)
Pictured left, the man captured on CCTV and right, actor David Schwimmer - known for his role as Ross Geller in Friends. Picture: Blackpool Police / PA Wire / Wikimedia Commons (labelled for reuse)

POLICE in Blackpool are searching for a suspected thief who ‘looks like Ross Geller from Friends’. 

The hilarious comparison was made by tens of thousands of people after Lancashire police shared the above CCTV image on their Facebook page yesterday.

Officers called on the public to identify the man, who was seen leaving a town restaurant carrying what appeared to be a crate of cans on September 20.

But armed instead with jokes and quotes from the hit-US comedy, social media users responded in their droves – claiming the man pictured looks like the much-loved actor David Schwimmer. 

The star played one of the show’s six main characters, Ross Geller – who had a sister named Monica – when it aired for 236 episodes over 10 years, from 1994.

Referencing lyrics from the Friends theme song, Facebook user Nick Croston from Blackpool said of the thief: ‘I don't think it's been this guy's day, his week, his month or even his year.’ 

Referencing a Friends episode where Ross says he is an expert in self-defence, another user, Aaron Milburn wrote: ‘Please approach with caution. He is known to have studied Karate and we believe he has mastered the art of Unagi, the state of total awareness.’

Meanwhile another jokingly identified the thief as ‘the holiday armadillo’ – a character Ross invents during a Christmas-themed episode of Friends

Amassing some 87,000 comments, the hilarity provoked a tongue-in-cheek reply from  Lancashire Constabulary. 

They said: ‘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.’

The force’s original plea said: ‘Do you recognise this man? We want to speak to him in relation to a theft at a Blackpool restaurant on the 20th September.

‘If you know who this is, please email 7798@lancashire.pnn.police.uk quoting log LC-20180920-0670. Thank you for your help.’