Bikini clad off-duty police officer tackles thief

A pickpocket got more than he bargained for after targeting a group of friends in Sweden, resulting in his being restrained by a bikini-clad off-duty police officer in a rather unconventional arrest.

Mikaela Kellner was sunbathing with friends in a park in Stockholm before she jumped into action to tackle the brazen man to the ground, according to Stockholm news site The Local.

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“My first intervention while wearing a bikini during my 11 years as a police officer! Pretty fun and pleasant I must say,” she wrote to accompany a picture of the incident she shared on social media (roughly translated).

Kellner has been a police officer for more than a decade.

She said the man approached her group of friends, claiming he was trying to sell magazines for the homeless. However, after they declined to buy anything he began behaving strangely.

Acting on instinct, Kellner reportedly told her friends to watch their belongings. It wasn’t until the man had left that one of Kellner’s friends noticed their phone had disappeared.

She suspected he had used the magazines to cover a phone and take it without attracting attention. Kellner immediately gave chase.

“There was no time, so I ran after him, maybe 15 metres [about 50 feet] or so,” she told The Local. The incredibly fit officer was also on Swedish Ninja Warrior, and she does not look like someone you’d want to mess with.

Fortunately, another one of Kellner’s friends is also a police officer, and together, the pair held on to the man and called other officers for help.

“I just acted on instinct and didn’t think about it so much until after we had pinned him down,” Kellner said.

“When I sat there I looked over at our other two friends who are not police officers and realised that it probably looked pretty funny.”

“But I would have stepped in no matter my outfit,” she told The Local.

She reportedly said the that she has had lots of positive feedback about her response: “I mainly just wanted to raise awareness of how cunning these people are, almost like magicians.”

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And as a message to her Instagram followers: “Beware of pickpockets, keep track of your valuables !!”

The picture on her Instagram account has been liked over 10,000 times, and we can see why.

- Isabella Robinson

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