WRESTLING duo Natalia Markova and Bryan Idol have tracked down and apprehended a pickpocket after a trip from Nashville to Tampa took an unexpected turn.
The NWA wrestlers had starred in television commercials in Tennessee before catching a plane home to Tampa last month.
As they landed, Markova discovered her purse was gone – and so began a bizarre journey that ended with them attacking the thief at a busy Walmart.
Markova, originally from Moscow, is a star of the National Wrestling Alliance and previously went by the ring name Bonnie.
The 33-year-old turned pro in 2007 and had tryouts at the WWE Performance Center five years ago.
A graduate of the NFR wrestling school, Markova made three appearances in All Elite Wrestling last year.
She faced Leyla Hirsch, Tay Conti and Abaddon, eventually losing in all three games.
She has since toured the independent scene and has recently found a home with NWA while making Florida permanent.
Markova told the New York Post that she “wasn’t quite there” during her June flight from the Sunshine State to Nashville because of a minor wrestling injury.
And it wasn’t until she got off the plane that she discovered her purse was missing.
Along with fellow wrestler Idol – a track veteran – the pair went on a hunt to find the culprit by tracking Markova’s Apple AirPods, which had been stashed with her cash.
“He wanted to buy a $700 TV”
Using the signal from the headphone tracker app, the fearless couple approached the thief, who had made his way to a Walmart in Pinellas Park.
The man was already at the register — using Markova’s credit card on a $700 television.
Idol told the NY Post, “As we entered the Walmart, her phone actually went off with a scam alert – saying someone was trying to buy a $700 TV.”
Idol recognized the man from their line of planes and went into match mode after the appeasement didn’t work.
He continued, “He kind of put his hands on me and ran right through me.
“Coupled with the fact that he stole her belongings – at that point, common sense dictated that law enforcement would think it was okay.” [to go after him].
“It wasn’t my intention to kill the guy.”
And Markova was more than impressed with Idol’s skills as he brought down the thief like a football player.
She said: “[Idol] grabbed the guy like a quarterback sack and held him tight. He didn’t hit.
“He made sure to do it in the safest way possible – but still stopped him.”
Local police arrived at the scene and arrested suspect Kevin Koble.
According to the NY Post, he admitted to stealing the purse, which contained $600 in cash and Markova’s credit card and AirPods.
Both Idol and Markova declined to press charges.
Idol added, “The cool thing about where we live in Florida is that the law kind of protects us [against self-defense]because we caught someone in the act.
“Especially these days, I feel like criminals need to feel like they can’t get away with everything.”
Both wrestlers will appear on the NWA 74th Anniversary Show, which will air August 27-28 on PPV.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5786537/natalia-markova-nwa-wrestler-thief/ Meet Natalia Markova, the stunning NWA wrestler who helped catch the pickpocket while he was using her card to buy $700 TVs