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TV comic David Walliams has joked he is not the lookalike dog thief being hunted by police.
The Britain's Got Talent judge spotted his doppelganger after Cardiff cops released e-fits of three attempted dognappers.
The 49-year-old children's author shared the image with his 2.3million followers on Twitter, BirminghamLive reports.
David was replying to a BBC News tweet reporting the police appeal with the three e-fits in a line.
The comic, who has two Border Terriers called Bert and Ernie, wrote: "Is that me on the far left?"
Fans of the comedian agreed it was the spitting image of the star.
He told them jokingly: "I think I would remember stealing a dog!"
One fan wrote: "That's definitely you!"
Another said: "Yeah yeah yeah just give the dog back."
Police said the attempted dog theft saw a dog owner fight off three people armed with a knife as they tried to take his eight-year-old pet Labrador.
A spokesman said the owner suffered face and head injuries – and one of the thieves was covered in dog poo as his poo bag split during the attack.
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Detective Constable Kirsty Matthews said: "The victim was extremely brave and it is fortunate that he was not more seriously hurt as he did everything he could to stop the men from taking his dog.
"We appreciate this incident caused a lot of concern locally, on social media and will no doubt worry all dog owners.
"This is an isolated incident and extensive enquiries are being carried out to identify and arrest those responsible.”
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The 30-year-old dog owner suffered facial injuries and concussion after fighting his attackers off in Pentwyn, Cardiff, last month.
He is recovering well at home with his two dogs who are also safe and well.
A member of the public stopped to help and called police after the attempted robbery at lunchtime on 25 February on a wooded trail between Eastern Avenue and the Rumney River near Pentwyn.
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It is believed the suspects walked through Pentwyn and Llanrumney before and after the attempted robbery.
It is not the first time a celebrity double has featured in a police appeal.
In 2018, David Schwimmer – or Ross from Friends to many – took to social media to deny he was the man caught on CCTV pinching beer in Blackpool.
South Wales Police have released e-fits of the three men they want to trace in connection with the attack in Pentwyn, Cardiff, on February 25.
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