Earlier today News.com.au reported that two men attempting to rob a jewelry store instead hacked through a wall and into a Kentucky Fried Chicken. Determined to rob something, they held up staff and made off with $2,600. Police claim that the tunnel was actually the pair's 3rd attempt to rob Wright's Jewellers that day.
Peter Welsh, 32, and Dwayne Doolan, 31, allegedly first attempted to break the jewelry store's front window by throwing spark plugs at it around 7:35 a.m. on New Year's Eve. In their second attempt, they broke into what they assumed were the shop's rear doors, but found they led to the neighboring Animal Welfare League Opportunity Shop where they nabbed a donation box containing $50. When those approaches failed, they entered a public toilet at the back of the adjoined shopping complex, and broke through the cement particle wall with a tire iron.
Once inside the KFC, Welsh threatened the staff with the tire iron and instructed them to open the safe. Although they successfully fled the scene of the crime, they were arrested yesterday when police raided Welsh's home. Both men were charged with robbery and stealing. Welsh racked up the additional charges of armed robbery, burglary, and attempted burglary when making “full and franks” admissions to police.
They will both appear in court on March 5.