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This Bikini-Wearing Swedish Cop Tackled a Thief — Then Instagrammed It

This Swedish cop was not deterred by the fact she didn't have a uniform or a weapon.

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Off-duty Swedish police officer Mikaela Kellner was sunbathing in a Stockholm park this week when one of her friends’ phones went missing.

Kellner, who was dressed in a bikini at the time, quickly realized that the most likely suspect was a man who had just passed by selling newspapers.

So she didn’t hesitate, and chased him with a fellow cop friend, then tackled him to the ground and arrested him. Because this is 2016, the ordeal was caught on camera, and Kellner posted it on Instagram, where it has already been liked more than 11,000 times.

“My first intervention while wearing a bikini during my 11 years as a police officer,” the caption said.

Later, in an interview with the Local, Kellner explained that she “acted on instinct and didn’t think about it so much until after we had pinned him down.”

“When I sat there I looked over at our other two friends who are not police officers and realized that it probably looked pretty funny,” she said. “But I would have stepped in no matter my outfit.”

Siobhán O’Grady is a freelance journalist working across sub-Saharan Africa. She previously worked as a staff writer at Foreign Policy. @siobhan_ogrady

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