PHOENIX – At approximately 1.30am, this morning, the KFC in Phoenix, Durban, was robbed after 10 armed suspects stormed into the 24-hour franchise.
It was reported that the suspects, pretending to be maintenance workers arrived at the food outlet and told the cashier they were there to check the air-con, the unsuspecting cashier in turn gave 4 men access to the back room. Upon further questioning, it was then established that the men were in fact not maintenance workers but had other intentions. The six suspects that were waiting in front then pulled out weapons and demanded the staff members lie on the floor, whilst the robbed them of cash and cell phones.
The SAPS were notified by a passer-by on the Phoenix High-way and upon arrival, one suspect standing guard at the door opened fire at police members which resulted to one officer being shot.
The suspects fled with R 5000 in cash and 6 suspects fled the scene in a Grey Polo and Yaris get away vehicles. The other 4 suspects that were left behind fled the scene on foot, an officer that was dispatched to were the suspects were seen in Starwood shot and injured one suspect.
Spokesperson of the Phoenix SAPS, CPT Louise Naidoo said, “The one vehicle, a Polo was found abandoned in the Amoti area , the licence disc of the vehicle was connected to a hijacking in Berea. One pistol with its serial number filed off has also being recovered along with a suspect’s cell phone. One suspect has been arrested.”