David Schwimmer, who plays Ross in Friends, has posted a hilarious spoof video of himself with his arms full of beer cans in a New York supermarket after police issued a theft appeal for his lookalike in Blackpool.


'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,' posted the actor.


The alleged theft happened on September 20. Blackpool Police were looking for help to find a suspected thief. The post read: 'Do you recognise this man? We want to speak to him in relation to a theft at a Blackpool restaurant on the 20th September.'


The image features a man with dark bushy hair, holding a pack of beer, staring up at the camera. Thousands of people responded, pointing out the man's likeness to the 51-year-old actor David Schwimmer.


One person quoted the famous theme tune from Friends: 'So no-one told me life was going to be this wayyyy.'


Scottish police also got in on the act, warning the public to 'keep away' from the suspect. 'He is known to have studied karate and we believe he has mastered the art of Unagi, the state of total awareness,' they said, in a reference to one episode of the sitcom where Ross claims to be an expert in self-defence.


Even the police joined in on the joke.