The man tried to escape but was caught and detained by police. The Brussels judicial authorities have asked that he is remanded in custody.
On Wednesday evening, the man entered a grocer’s shop in Vorst and threatened the shopkeeper and the witness with a firearm.
He left with 2,000 Euro’s worth of prepaid telephone cards. On Saturday, the man entered another shop near-by, this time to make a legitimate purchase.
However, his luck was up as the shop belonged to the witness of Wednesday evening’s robbery and he was recognised straight away.
Although the man tried to escape, the shopkeeper was able to prevent him from doing so. A scuffle ensued, but the shopkeeper was able to get the better of the man.
By now the police had arrived. Officers from Brussels South force detained the man for questioning.