Robbers mistakenly break into KFC, expecting a jewelry store

The scene of the crime in Beaudesert, Australia (Google Maps with Street View)
The scene of the crime in Beaudesert, Australia (Google Maps with Street View)

Somebody took a wrong turn at the deep fryer. A pair of crooks in Australia found themselves in an unusual spot when they attempted to tunnel into a jewelry store but ended up in a KFC restaurant on New Year's Eve.

The mishap took place near Brisbane, Australia. Fortunately nobody was hurt. When they saw where they were, the two alleged thieves, Peter Welsh and Dwayne Doolan, decided to hold up the customers. They left with about $2,700. But they didn't escape for long. Welsh and Doolan were arrested a short time later.

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According to a report from Australia's Sky News, the pair "smashed their way through a wall in a communal toilet block tunnel, hoping to enter Wrights Jewellers." Instead, they found themselves in a land of herbs and spices. This was not their first attempt to break into the jewelry store. Before the KFC fiasco, the pair mistakenly broke into an Animal Welfare League Opportunity Shop, where they stole about $50 from a charity plate.

Earlier that evening, Welsh and Doolan also threw spark plugs at the window of the jewelry store, thinking they might break the glass. Alas, it was not their night.

When police confronted Welsh, he made a "full and frank" admission. He is charged with armed robbery, stealing, burglary and attempted burglary (that would be the jewelry store). Doolan, his partner in crime, was charted with robbery and stealing.

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