"I was walking through an airport, looking at my mobile device and checking in 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," Rowe explained to Good Morning America.
The photo posted on the Medford, Ore., police department Facebook page that bears a striking resemblance to the reality star went viral on Monday.
The 53 year-old immediately saw how the mix-up could have been made, except for a few key details. He included those in his Facebook response.
"True, I am often attired in a sweatshirt and ballcap, and yes, I do share a certain resemblance with the culprit," Rowe posted. "I've also been spotted in Medford on more than one 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" I was in the 6th grade. And the 'small to medium' ship sailed some time ago."
The most important person to convince was the first person to call Rowe: his mom.
"My first thought was, 'I know what the next call is going to be and it was, it was my mother,'" Rowe said on GMA. "'Please, say you didn't do it, Michael. Say you didn't do it. You could have called us. There's so many things you could have done instead of this.' That was my first thought."
The Medford police department also found the situation funny and posted to their own Facebook page about the mix-up.
"This just in, Mike Rowe from 'Dirty Jobs' has been alibi'd in Monday's bank robbery," they wrote. "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?"