When Swedish police officer Mikaela Kellner nabbed a pickpocketing suspect Tuesday, she had no idea the arrest would be so, er, arresting.
Of course, that’s what happens when you stop a crime while wearing a bikini.
Kellner, an officer with the Stockholm Police Department for 11 years, was off-duty sunbathing with friends when a man claiming to sell magazines for homeless people came up to them. Though Kellner and friends declined to buy anything, the man kept hanging around.
That’s when she started thinking something was up.
“I told my friends to keep an eye on their things,” Kellner said, according to UPI.com. “But as soon as he left, one of my friends said, ‘Where did my mobile phone go?’”
Kellner suspected that the man had used his magazines to cover the phone so he could take it without being noticed. She felt she had to do something before he got away.
So she ran after him despite being clad in nothing more than a bikini. (Did we mention that before?)
“There was no time, so I ran after him, maybe 15 meters or so,” she told TheLocal.se. “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,” she said.
Did she ever! Kellner posted a photo of the takedown on her Instagram page and it has gone viral.
En stackars hemlös kille som man kan tro försöker göra rätt för sig. Han säljer tidningar istället för att tjuva!! När vi avböjer att köpa hans tidningar passar han på att stjäla min kompis mobiltelefon!! Väldigt skickligt av honom då han smyger ner sina tidningar över mobilen och får sedan med sig den med lätthet!! Osis för denna kille att han råkade sno av två poliser👮🏻👮🏻!! Mitt första ingripande iklädd bikini under mina 11 år som polis!! Ganska kul och trivsamt måste jag säga 😂😂! Se upp för ficktjuvar, håll koll på era värdesaker!!
Kellner said that when her professional instincts kicked in, she didn’t give her attire a second thought.
“I did not hesitate. Had I been naked, I would have also intervened,” she told Aftonbladet.se. “There was nothing stopping me, but it was a little comical that I grabbed him in a bikini.”
Her methods may be unorthodox, but they have helped the officer build a reputation on social media. In December, a video showing Kellner doing parkour in her police uniform also went viral after it was posted on Facebook.