CBSLosAngeles reports that:

A woman shopping in Northridge was surprised when a man ran past her and swiped her handbag.

But she was in for more of a surprise when a man on horseback, no less, saw what happened and chased the thief….

The incident took place Friday evening at the busy Fashion Center Mall….

The woman said she was walking back to her car when suddenly her purse was ripped from her clutches.

Police said at the same time, a man was riding his horse on a busy street adjacent to the parking structure.He apparently heard the woman screaming that her purse had just been stolen….

The horseman chased the suspect around the mall and finally cornered him.

He then returned the purse to its rightful owner in front of a Sears store.

Shoppers are eager to find out who the mystery man is.