David Schwimmer lookalike is jailed after beer theft went viral
A David Schwimmer lookalike was jailed Thursday for fraud in the U.K. after a "beer theft" police appeal went viral.
Abdulah Husseini, 36, was seen clutching a crate of beers as he stared down a security camera in Blackpool.
The doppelganger for Friends star Ross had used a stolen bank card to make or attempt to make fraudulent purchases at four shops last September.
After swiping a wallet from a customer's jacket at an all-you-can-eat restaurant, he then began trying to use the card from the wallet and made two successful purchases at nearby stores.
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Security footage then shows him lifting a can of beers to the till at a supermarket store.
A month later, a Blackpool Police appeal to trace the offender went viral with more than 11 million shares and 30,000 comments.
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Members of the public were quick to point out the suspect's likeness to Schwimmer's character Ross Geller in the popular sitcom Friends.
Schwimmer then posted a video to his Twitter account that showed him scurrying through a convenience store carrying a carton of beer before looking up furtively at a CCTV camera.
"Officers, I swear it wasn't me," he tweeted. "As you can see, I was in New York.
"To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation."
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He added the hashtag #itwasntme to the post.
On Thursday, Husseini was convicted by a jury after a two-day trial of one count of theft and four counts of fraud by false representation, Burnley Crown Court heard.
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He was then sentenced by Judge Sara Dodd, who told him he had an "appalling criminal history" and that he was "an habitual thief".
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