Lindelof thanked by police after catching, detaining thief

VASTERAS, Sweden (AP) Victor Lindelof doesn't only make tackles on the soccer field.

The Manchester United defender caught a thief who robbed an elderly woman and held the man until police arrived, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported Monday.

The incident took place in Lindelof's home city of Vasteras, which is west of Swedish capital Stockholm.

Asked for comment, Manchester United said it confirmed Aftonbladet's story.

A police statement said a man in his 30s riding a bicycle snatched a bag belonging to a woman in her 90s on Monday morning.

"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," police said, without naming Lindelof.

"The police want to take the opportunity and thank the witness for a quick and wise intervention."

The woman who was robbed told Aftonbladet that she'd like to thank Lindelof by buying him lunch.

The arrested man faces charges of aggravated theft and minor drug offenses.

The 26-year-old Lindelof joined United from Portuguese team Benfica in 2017. He has played 33 times for Sweden.

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Updated August 24, 2020

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