Facebook date ends with supermarket robbery

Aug. 1, 2011 at 10:45 AM ET

This screen capture is from the CCTV footage recovered after the supermarket robbery.

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is — especially when it comes to flirty strangers on Facebook. Unfortunately one supermarket manager had to learn that lesson the hard way.

A Belgian supermarket manager's bizarre education started when he was chatted up by someone named "Katrien Van Loo" on Facebook, Sophos reports. The woman sent him a friend request — seemingly randomly — and the two quickly hit it off.

A bit of online flirting later, the man received an invite to join the woman for dinner at her apartment.

And that's when the whole romance came undone.

Instead of meeting the object of his affection, the man found himself facing two men who overpowered, blindfolded, and gagged him. The men took the keys belonging to their confused victim's apartment and proceeded to go there in order to snatch up the keys belonging to the supermarket he manages.

For whatever reason, it seems that the men did not seem interested in stealing anything else from the victim's apartment and instead proceeded to hand off the keys to a third accomplice who then cleaned out the supermarket's safe.

The mysterious Katrien Van Loo was nowhere to be seen at any point and is believed to have never existed in the first place.

It's worth noting that while this crime occurred several months ago, the Belgian police have just now released a detailed account of the events as well as CCTV footage recovered from both the victim's apartment and the supermarket. They are still seeking information on the suspects and have provided contact information on their website.

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Rosa Golijan writes about tech here and there. She's obsessed with Twitter and loves to be liked on FacebookOh, and she can be found on Google+, too.