London: A bikini-clad, off- duty Swedish police officer Mikaela Kellner has been praised for tackling a suspected thief while she was sunbathing with her friends in Stockholm.
One of her friends’ mobile phones went missing. She quickly suspected the man who had just passed by pretending to sell newspapers and didn’t hesitate, and chased him with a colleague, then tackled him to the ground and arrested him.
Mikaela Kellner said that she would have intervened “even if she were naked”. She said. “There was no time, so I ran after him, maybe 15 metres or so, one of my friends is also a police officer, so we got hold of him. He tried to get away so we held onto him harder.”
The phone was recovered by that man and he was arrested by a police patrol. Kellner said. “I’ve had a lot of positive comments both from friends and colleagues,” she added. “It happens all the time that valuables are taken like this… I mainly just wanted to raise awareness of how cunning these people are, almost like magicians.”
The incident was caught on a camera which has gone viral. Kellner posted it on Instagram, which is has now received more than 6,000 likes in just one day.
“My first intervention while wearing a bikini during my 11 years as a police officer,” the caption said.