Two masked teenagers committed an armed robbery at an Antwerp branch of low-cost German supermarket Aldi on Monday evening, De Standaard reports. Shortly after the incident, Antwerp police were able to apprehend the two 16-year-old suspects.
“Two masked men had threatened the cashier with a firearm. They grabbed money from the cash register and ran off,” said spokesperson Willem Migom of the Antwerp police. The incident is reported to have occurred at around 17:30 on Monday.
The two thieves fled in the direction of the Galgenweel reservoir on the west bank of the Scheldt river. Several police patrols, along with armed rapid response teams, immediately began to search the area. “Less than half an hour after the incident, two suspects were arrested,” Migom said.
Both suspects had just turned 16 years old. The police were able to recover the money stolen as well as the weapon used, which has been sent for further investigation. According to initial reports, the weapon is most likely a blank-firing pistol.
The employees of the supermarket were left shaken by the incident. Due to the robbery, the store closed a little earlier than usual.