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July 29, 2016 02:45 PM

An alleged pickpocket in Sweden learned a harsh lesson when he unwittingly picked a group of off-duty police officers as his would-be victims.

Police officer Mikaela Kellner was sunbathing with friends in a Stockholm park when a man approached them, allegedly posing as a salesman of magazines for homeless people, according to Swedish newspaper The Local.

Kellner told The Local that even after she and friends repeatedly turned down the man, he allegedly still lingered around their blankets. When he finally left, one of Kellner’s friend’s phones had allegedly disappeared as well.

“There was no time, so I ran after him, maybe 15 meters or so,” Kellner said of realizing the man had allegedly stolen the mobile device. “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.”

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The resulting photo quickly went viral after Kellner, who has been an officer for 11 years, shared it to Instagram.

Still clad in only her star-covered bikini, Kellner held the man down with her knees while the group waited for on-duty officers to arrive.

“I just acted on instinct and didn’t think about it so much until after we had pinned him down,” she told The Local. “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. But I would have stepped in no matter my outfit.”

Of posting the image, Kellner explained, “I mainly just wanted to raise awareness of how cunning these people are, almost like magicians.”

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