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    British Police Have Thanked David Schwimmer After A Theft Suspect Was Arrested

    Schwimmer made a viral video that helped publicise a police appeal after people on the internet said the suspect resembled the former Friends actor.

    Police have thanked Friends actor David Schwimmer after a man suspected of theft was arrested in London on Monday night.


    David Schwimmer posted a video on his Twitter feed that went viral.

    Last month, Lancashire police released CCTV footage of an alleged theft from a restaurant in Blackpool, a seaside town in the northwest of England. As the clip made its way across social media, many remarked that the suspect looked like Schwimmer.

    The actor then posted a video of himself looking furtive in a New York grocery store and wished the police well with their investigation.

    Officers, I swear it wasn't me. As you can see, I was in New York. To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation. #itwasntme

    On Tuesday, Lancashire police confirmed that the Metropolitan police had arrested a 36-year-old suspect in Southall, west London, on suspicion of theft.

    Following the appeal we posted looking for a man who resembles a well-known actor, we now have an update. Thanks to our colleagues @MetPoliceUK, a 36-year-old man was arrested in Southall last night on suspicion of theft. Thank you for the support, especially @DavidSchwimmer!

    The Met responded with its own tweet, bearing the hashtag #IllBeThereForYou.

    Happy to help @LancsPolice #IllBeThereForYou

    The unnamed suspect remains in custody at a north London police station.

    Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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