Friends’ actor David Schwimmer’s “look-alike” has been jailed for nine months for theft and fraud offences.

Abdulah Husseini, 36, allegedly used a stolen bank card to make a series of fraudulent purchases at four shops in Blackpool, Lancashire last September.

He went to an all-you-can-eat buffet at a restaurant and pick-pocketed a customer’s card from his jacket while he was away from his table.

Husseini then used the card to make two successful purchases at a nearby store right before he was caught on CCTV carrying a pack of beers at an Iceland store, Burnley crown court heard.

Police released the footage to appeal for witnesses and track down the culprit.



Abdulah Husseini, 36, has been jailed for nine months

The clip, which was posted last year, has since gone viral gaining over 11 million views on social media as users pointed out how the man resembled Friends’ actor David Schwimmer.

Mr Schwimmer then posted a hilarious re-make of the clip on Twitter with the hashtag #itwasntme, posing as the culprit carrying a pack of beers.

He captioned the video: “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.”

Husseini was convicted on Thursday by a jury following a two-day trial, and was charged with one count of theft and four counts of fraud by false representation.



CCTV of Abdulah Husseini (left) and David Schwimmer’s reconstruction video

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The Iranian national who lives in Slough, has 32 previous convictions for 60 offences since 2008, including 27 offences for theft and dishonesty.

He 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.