Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof made a timely intervention by chasing down a man who stole an elderly woman's handbag in his home city of Vasteras on Monday.
A police statement said the suspect snatched the handbag as he cycled past the woman, who is in her 90's.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported Lindelof chased and caught the man before handing him over to authorities.
"A man who was in the vicinity is said to have run after the suspected perpetrator, caught up with him and held him until the police arrived at the scene," the police said without naming the 26-year-old Lindelof.
"The police would like to take this opportunity to thank the witness for a quick and sensible intervention to restore the plaintiff's property."
Manchester United were not immediately available for comment but British media said the club had confirmed the Aftonbladet report.
Lindelof, who joined United from Portuguese side Benfica in 2017, started 35 Premier League games in the 2019-20 season as they finished third.
Imagine stealing some random old lady’s purse just to turn around and see Victor Lindelof sprinting at full speed about to make the tackle of his career— eishan 🇨🇦 #FreeAouar (@afceishan) August 24, 2020
Victor Lindelof turns local hero after 'hunting down thief who stole elderly woman's purse' in Swedish city Vasteras... as Manchester United man finds himself in the news for the right reasons following defensive partner Harry Maguire's arrest— Edu Ismail (@eeduismail) August 24, 2020
Maguire arrested in Greece
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire is expected to appear before a prosecutor in a Greek court after being arrested following a late-night incident on the party island of Mykonos.
Maguire, one of the most high-profile football players in England, was pictured being escorted into a police station in the Aegean island of Syros, which neighbours Mykonos, by plain-clothed officers on Friday.
The England international has been "fully co-operating" with Greek authorities, United said in a short statement, after the incident that led to his arrest in the early hours of Friday.
"The club is aware of an alleged incident involving Harry Maguire in Mykonos last night," the club statement said.