Skelms feast on KFC



November 23, 2016
Skelms feast on KFC

Armed men raided Parow KFC on Monday night with staff held at gunpoint. CREDIT: Manqoba Ngidi

Fourth restaurant to be robbed in recent weeks.

It seems robbers have developed a taste for the finger lickin’ good life.

In the past few weeks, no fewer than four KFC outlets in Cape Town have been struck by armed robbers, with the two latest incidents happening within four days of each other this week.

The chicken restaurant chain refused to speculate whether they are being targeted by a syndicate, but said customer safety was their top priority.

The latest robbery took place at the KFC in Parow on Monday night just after 10.15pm when armed men stormed into the fast food restaurant.

Police say the robbers held staff at gunpoint before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel André Traut says they have yet to make an arrest.

“The circumstances surrounding a business robbery are being investigated following an incident at a fast food outlet in Parow on Monday at around 10:15pm,” he says.

“Unknown armed suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash after holding staff at gunpoint and are yet to be arrested.”

Gail Sham, the Corporate Communication Manager of KFC Africa, says they are aware of the latest incident.

“We can confirm that a security guard was present at the time and that no customers or staff were hurt,” Sham says.

“The incident is currently under investigation and we are working closely with authorities on the matter.”

Asked whether KFC was becoming soft target for robbers, she declined to comment.

Last Friday, police were called to KFC in Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth, where four armed robbers stormed into the restaurant just before 10pm and emptied money from the till before fleeing.

Sham told the Daily Voice they were also aware of that incident and would also carry out their own investigation.

She would not divulge how much cash had been taken.

On September 6, robbers pulled off a daring cash-in-transit heist outside the KFC in Kraaifontein just after G4 security guards collected the day’s takings.

It is believed the robbers fled with 26 bags propvol cash, each containing R150 000, collected from several businesses, including KFC, that day.

And on October 11, the KFC branch inside the Promenade Mall in AZ Berman Road, Mitchells Plain, was held up by two skelms at 8.45am.

Two people were pistol-whipped and one employee was dragged across the floor.

The suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

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