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Delhaize supermarket robbed seven times in last six months

11:54 27/09/2019

A Louis Delhaize supermarket in the capital’s port district has been robbed seven times in the last six months. The last robbery occurred on Wednesday.

The managers of the Louis Delhaize supermarket, which is situated on the Quai des Péniches opposite the major event venue Tour & Taxis, have already repeatedly called on city officials and lawmakers to immediately implement measures so as to improve safety in the neighbourhood. They want more police patrols and better street lighting.

“Machetes, knives, pistols and a simple fist – we’ve seen it all,” supermarket co-manager Babak Zohrevand told La Capitale. “What do you want us to do? Arm ourselves?”

The robberies typically occurred early in the morning, when the store managers arrived to get the supermarket ready for opening. Each time, the robbers emptied out the cash register as well as taking cigarettes and bottles of alcohol.

The Louis Delhaize supermarket opened in August of 2018 and is located next to the Up-site 140m-high residential tower, one of Brussels’ tallest.

According to the store’s management, the many robberies have caused the supermarket’s clientele to plummet.

Written by Linda A. Thompson

Photo courtesy Google Maps