Two men believed to be behind a spate of robberies at KFC restaurants in Cape Town have been arrested — with a toy gun.
Their crime spree came to an end on Tuesday night, moments after they allegedly carried out an armed robbery at the KFC at the Value Centre in Goodwood.
Cops believe the robbers may be linked to four other robberies at the fast food franchise in the last five weeks.
Police say the men, aged 31 and 32, were with a third suspect when they entered the chicken restaurant at around 10.45pm on Tuesday.
And just like the modus operandi in the four other heists that were hit by brazen robbers operating in gangs of two or four, the suspects held staff at gunpoint and emptied the cash registers themselves.
They fled in a white Ford Telstar, but cops say their luck ran out when police were alerted.
Cops cornered the two suspects in the vicinity of the fast food joint but the third suspect managed to get away.
The stolen cash and the toy firearm were confiscated.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel André Traut says cops believe the suspects were involved in the other robberies.
“While one suspect managed to evade arrest, two aged 31 and 32 were apprehended in possession of the stolen cash and a toy firearm. Once charged, the suspects are due to make a court appearance in Goodwood on a charge of business robbery,” he said.
“We are looking into the possibility the suspects could have been involved in similar robberies of this nature where fast food outlets were targeted.”
Yesterday, KFC management was tight-lipped and refused to comment on the latest developments.
This week, KFC’s corporate Communication Manager, Gail Sham told the Daily Voice they were working closely with police after the spate of robberies at their Cape outlets.
On Monday night, robbers hit the KFC in Parow in Voortrekker just after 10.15pm and held staff and customers at gunpoint before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Last Friday, police were called to a robbery scene at the KFC in Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth.
On October 11, the KFC branch inside the Promenade Mall was targeted, and on September 6, robbers pulled off a daring cash in transit heist outside the KFC in Kraaifontein while G4 security guards collected the day’s takings.