A BURGLAR caught on CCTV ransacking a modelling agency office is the spitting image of survival expert Bear Grylls, according to the victims of the break-in.
The management of Sapphires Model Management, London, were distraught to discover that camera and other equipment worth thousands of pounds had been stolen.
But there was a little light relief when they put stills from the office CCTV online and were told they should be looking out for former SAS man Grylls.
And his companion in crime, who also made little effort to conceal his face, has been compared with Pob the puppet from the Channel 4 children’s show.
The offices in Great Portland Street were raided on November 29.
Finance manager Iain Blank, 37, posted images of the duo online with the caption: “These two b******s broke into our office Thursday night in London and stole all our camera equipment.
“We are a small business and rely on that equipment. If you have any more information on them please let me know. Retweets appreciated.”
Online, @stewyrobz responded with a picture of the famous TV survival expert with the question: “Is that guy on the left Bear Grylls?”
This led to Iain tweeting the former Grylls: “Good question… @BearGrylls, can you account for your whereabouts on Thursday evening?”
@danthompson78 joined the online joke posting: “His silence is speaking volumes, frankly.”
Iain joked: “Having failed to provide an alibi he is still chief suspect in the case.”
@CRobertsonUK added: “Bear Grylls?”
@UglyKidPep posted, with a gif of Bear Grylls shaking his head: “Bear Grylls. What do I win?”
However, a few users were not convinced the thief looked like Bear Grylls with some sharing pictures of the two dim-witted thieves from Home Alone.
One user compared the thief to Matthew Macfadyen, the English Film star known for playing Mr Darcy in the 2005 remake of Pride and Prejudice.
Inevitably, references were made to the recent case of a man resembling Friends actor Ross Schwimmer making off with a case of beer in Blackpool.
@TtmarshallTim sharing a picture of Matthew MacFadyen writing: “I don’t think any of them are Ross from Friends.
(David Schwimmer off the hook again but one day) so by a process of elimination the guy on the left must be Matthew Macfadyen (care to comment? Alibi?)
Speaking today (Thurs) Iain said: “I did tweet Bear Grylls asking for his whereabouts for the night but we are still waiting for his alibi, so he still a suspect in this case.”
A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed they were investigating the break-in.
In late October Blackpool Police shared CCTV stills of a man with a striking resemblance to Friends character Ross Geller on Facebook in an appeal for help.
David Schwimmer who played Ross in Friends parodied the still of the suspect stealing a crate of beer from a Blackpool restaurant in late October with a video of parodying his look alike in a New York grocery store.
The viral appeal led to the suspect’s arrest on November 14.