This just in: Baltimore native Mike Rowe, he of "Dirty Jobs" and "Somebody's Gotta Do It" fame, is not a suspect in a Medford, Ore., bank robbery.
But someone who looks a little bit like him is.
On Monday, Medford police took to Facebook, asking for help in identifying a suspect in a local bank robbery that took place that day. The suspect was described as a white male, "5'6"-5'8"." An accompanying picture — which, admittedly, looks a little bit like Rowe — showed the suspect dressed in a gray sweatshirt and light-colored baseball cap.
Rowe has been known to wear sweatshirts and baseball caps. The possibility that he was a fugitive from justice apparently occurred to a few people — including Rowe, who told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday that he became aware of his possible criminal activities while strolling through an airport.
"I was ... looking at my mobile device and checking up on my Facebook page and realizing that 3 million people were saying, 'Hey, you should check out the Medford police site, because it sure looks like there's an all-points bulletin out for you.'"
The as-far-as-he-knew law-abiding Rowe soon took to social media, intent on clearing his name.
"True, I am often attired in a sweatshirt and ball cap, and yes, I do share a certain resemblance with the culprit," Rowe acknowledged on his Facebook page. "I've also been spotted in Medford on more than once (sic) occasion, (a lovely town by any standard.) However, I am not '5'6"-5'8" tall with a small to medium build. The last time I was 5'6" - 5'8" was in the 6th grade. And the 'small to medium' ship sailed some time ago."
He also assured the skeptical that he had an alibi — he was in Kansas on Monday, "and can prove it, if need be."
Rowe told GMA that one of his first calls was to his mother, to assure her he hadn't turned to a life of crime.
The Medford police, doubtless relieved that they did not have a renegade reality star in their midst, took to their Facebook page.
"This just in," the post from Wednesday reads. "Mike Rowe from 'Dirty Jobs' has been alibi'd in Monday's bank robbery. This is a real bummer, but as we say, 'It's just as important to free innocent people from suspicion as to identify guilty parties.' Back to the drawing board, we are now looking for a suspect wearing a Mike Rowe mask, which is brilliant, why didn't we think of that?"