- (Photo: AP / Rob Carr)
A gang of robbers have bungled a jewelry heist after thinking a KFC was a jewelry store.
The hilarious mistake took place just after 8 a.m. on New Year's Eve in Beaudesert, Australia, about 45 miles south of Brisbane.
Two robbers reportedly had planned to steal jewelry from a Wrights Jewelers store. However, they smashed their way through the wrong wall and ended up storming into the KFC fast food restaurant next door.
Police arrested the two suspects, who have been named as Dwayne Doolan and Peter Welsh, and said the pair had planned to rob the jewelry store next door, which was full of precious stones and gems. However, rather than finding themselves among millions of dollars of jewelry, they found themselves in a KFC surrounded by chicken and chips and ingredients to make the Colonel's famous Original Recipe.
As the pair of robbers also smashed through the wall and into the KFC they found themselves the target of bewildered stares from KFC staff, who were working in the restaurant at the time.
The robbers apparently measured where to smash through the wall incorrectly, and in fact broke into the restrooms in the KFC.
Police described that the robbers were unfazed by their mistake, and instead of fleeing the scene, they attempted to rob the KFC instead.
Queensland police have released a statement saying, "The men threatened staff with a metal bar and made demands for cash. Two female employees complied and handed over a sum of cash to the men," according to ABC News.
The robbers managed to get $2,600 from the tills at KFC, and tried to make their get-away. No one was hurt in KFC.
The two men were later apprehended by Queensland police and charged with armed robbery.
According to police reports in local media, one suspect is charged with one count of armed robbery and two counts of stealing, where as the other suspect is charged with "one count of armed robbery, two counts of stealing, one enter premises with intent to commit offense and one attempted enter premises with intent to commit indictable offense."