After thousands of fans of the show flooded the Blackpool Police with jokes, the actor posted a fake video that recreates the alleged crime.
"Officers, I swear, it was not me, as you can see, I was in New York," wrote Schwimmer, along with shots of him who seemed to disappear with a box of beer. "For the hardworking police in Blackpool "Good luck with the investigation #itwasntme," he added.
"It was not his day, his month or even his year," a user joked about the original Facebook post of the Blackpool Police When people noticed that the suspect was a doppelganger for the American star
"I heard his escapee got stuck in 2nd gear," wrote another.
The Blackpool police had previously confirmed that the actor was not suspected .
"Thank you all for your quick answers. We have thoroughly investigated this matter and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America that day, "they wrote." We are so sorry it has to be this way. "
Officers want to talk to the suspect last month to commit a theft in a restaurant in the English coastal town.
"There are rumors that he had accomplices," warned one user. "Miss Chenandler Bong, Regina Phalange and Ken Adams were all seen in the area," referring to pseudonyms that use the characters Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey in the show.
And the episode that called a user "The One where Ross became a thief" took a different turn than a police force in Scotland joined the joke.
"If you see him away," Dumfries Police wrote on Facebook. "He is known to have studied karate and we believe that he is the art of Unagi, the state of total awareness, ge ", they added, nodding to an episode in which Ross claims to be an expert on self-defense.
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Some users tried to steer the discussion away from the jokes, urging people to take the case more seriously, noting that a real crime might have been committed.  But Ross remained the subject of interest to most commentators who were eager to assist the police with "hints" from several episodes of "Friends."
Some suggested finding evidence by watching an episode in which Ross justifies stealing amenities from a hotel. "The batteries from the remote, no no no. A box of cans from the store yes yes yes," wrote one person, paraphrasing the character.
Others believed that the suspect might actually be one of Ross & # 39; s various characters in the series B. Russ, Vikram or the Holiday Armadillo.
But many did not agree with this theory. "Could he be more like Ross?" One user asked, Chandler Bing's catchword imitating classmates.
"Friends" ran for 10 seasons between 1994 and 2004, and has remained popular in part because of its availability on streaming services like Netflix.
People with real information about the alleged crime were encouraged to contact Blackpool Police.