Report: Jewellery thieves burrow into KFC in bungled heist

The thieves' attempt on Wrights Jewellers (left) went badly wrong, according to police. Credit: Google Maps Street View

Australian thieves who tried to rob an expensive jewellery shop made it off with relative chicken feed after mistakenly burrowing into the neighbouring KFC, the Courier Mail has reported.

The New Year's Eve cock-up completed a hat-trick of bungled break-in attempts by the would-be jewel thieves, police said.

Two men, 32-year-old Peter Welsh and 31-year-old Dwayne Doolan, have been charged over the morning hold-up.

Police said the men first failed to smash in Wrights Jewellers' windows with spark plugs around 7:35am on Dec. 31.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Damian Summerfield said they then broke through some doors at the rear of the business block - which, in fact, belonged to an Animal Welfare charity shop. They allegedly stole a charity box containing $50 (£32).

After their third attempt saw them smash through a toilet block into KFC, officers said the men cut their losses and made off with $2,600 (£1,680) after threatening the staff with a metal bar.

The men were arrested yesterday following a police raid on Welsh's home.

Both men have been charged with robbery and stealing, while Welsh was also charged with armed robbery, burglary and attempted burglary. The pair will appear in court on March 5.