David Schwimmer ‘lookalike’ is jailed for fraud after ‘beer theft’ police appeal went viral


A DAVID Schwimmer “lookalike” has been jailed for fraud after a “beer theft” police appeal went viral.

Abdulah Husseini, 36, was seen clutching a crate of beers as stared down a security camera in Blackpool.

The David Schwimmer lookalike was allegedly seen clutching the beers as he stared down a security camera in Blackpool
The David Schwimmer lookalike was jailed for shoplifting for 18 weeks in January
Blackpool Police
Schwimmer, pictured, uploaded a video to Twitter to prove he was in New York at the time
Husseini’s strong resemblance to Schwimmer faded in this mugshot
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The dead ringer 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 a all-you-can-eat restaurant he then began trying to use the card from the wallet and made two successful purchases at nearby stores.

CCTV footage then shows him lifting a can of beers to the till at an Iceland store.


A month later, a Blackpool Police appeal to trace the offender went viral with more than 11 million shares and 30,000 comments.

Members of the public were quick to point out the suspect’s likeness to Schwimmer’s character Ross Geller in the popular US sitcom Friends.

Schwimmer – who in his mugshot looks markedly different to his “lookalike” – 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.”

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.

He was then sentenced by Judge Sara Dodd, who told him he had an “appalling criminal history” and that he was “an habitual thief”.


Schwimmer recently addressed the mix-up with his supposed lookalike, saying cops were “a little disappointed” when they ruled him out as a suspect.

“They said something kind of cheeky and I thought ‘Good on them for having a sense of humour’, but I couldn’t resist responding,” he said.

“I know the manager there so I showed him what was going on and said ‘Hey, can I just shoot something?’. Just to let them know I was definitely involved.”

Husseini, an Iranian national, has 32 previous convictions for 60 offences since 2008, including 27 offences for theft and dishonesty.

The defendant, from Slough, travelled throughout the country to commit offences in England, Scotland and Wales, the court heard.

Prosecutor Andy Scott said: “He is a travelling, wandering, nomadic thief and he is a consistent thief with an affinity to steal alcohol.”

Husseini has been remanded in custody since he served an 18-week jail term imposed at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court in January for offences of handling stolen goods, theft and possession of a knife.

Judge Dodd told him he “may be released very soon” on licence after he had effectively already served half his nine-month term awaiting the trial.

Cops confirmed the US actor was not in the country at the time
The US actor was not in the country at the time of the theft – but decided to have some fun with it
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Friends fans from across the world went wild over the striking similarity
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