An 18-year-old man who stole a bike during car-free Sunday in Brussels, was later found in possession of two 6mm cartridge cases at the time of his arrest. Known to the police, the suspect was, moreover, subject to alternative measures to detention on remand. Together with his accomplice, he was detained by the criminal prosecution authorities for the offence of robbery, indicated Brussels prosecution service on Monday.
During the car-free day a team from the police’s Anti-Agression Response Squad saw two youngsters appearing to be very interested in two bicycles locked to a post located at the intersection between Rue du rampart des Moines and Rue Léon Lapage in Brussels city centre. The latter were hanging around the bikes and scanning the neighbouring streets, as well as nearby terraces for at least 15 minutes, to ensure that nobody was watching them.
Next, one of them forcefully pulled on the bike so as to make its lock give way, whilst the other stood by and watched. That done, the first escaped on the bike, cycling towards Rue Antoine Dansaert, and was followed on foot by his accomplice. The police both pursued and intercepted them after a struggle. One of the young men was found to be in possession of two 6mm cartridge cases.