Facebook Blind Date Ends in Supermarket Robbery
A blind date arranged on Facebook turned into a nightmare for a Belgian supermarket manager after his new lady friend turned out to be two thugs.
In early February, the manager of a Carrefour Express grocery store met a woman on Facebook named "Katrien Van Loo." The two hit it off online at least and arranged to meet for dinner on Feb. 15th, The Register reported.
The scene quickly became suspicious, however, when the store manager showed up for the date in Antwerp at 10:30 p.m. and the "restaurant" turned out to be an abandoned building.
Then the date got ugly.
According to the police report, the store manager, whose name police have not released, was "overpowered by two unidentified men and then gagged, blindfolded," and told to hand over his apartment keys.
One of the men stayed with the victim while the other fled the scene. He met up with a third suspect and used the stolen keys to get into the victim's apartment, where they then found the store keys and used them to enter the grocery store and make off with an undisclosed amount of cash from the vault.
CCTV captured footage of two of the three suspects, but police have not yet apprehended any of the three perpetrators.
This incident is a frightening reminder that on Facebook, a person can be anyone they want to be, and that someone who "seems" trustworthy online may be very different, and even dangerous, in real life.