Pair with trunk ‘full of KFC’ arrested while trying to enter locked-down Auckland, where restaurants remain shut

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(Granthshala) – Two alleged gang accomplices, found with a car trunk “filled with KFC”, were arrested as they tried to enter New Zealand’s largest city on Sunday in violation of strict coronavirus lockdown rules, according to police .

Under Auckland’s Alert Level 4 lockdown measures – the strictest in the country – restaurants, including takeout services, remain closed. Everyone should stay at home and only essential services are open.

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The rest of New Zealand is on Level 2, with restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs open, and residents allowed to leave their homes.

A New Zealand Police spokesman said in a statement on Monday that police were patrolling the streets near the outskirts of Auckland when they spotted a suspicious-looking vehicle.


On seeing the officers, the vehicle made a U-turn and accelerated before finally overturning, the statement said. When the car was searched, police found a large amount of KFC, more than NZ$100,000 ($70,000) in cash and “empty ounce bags”.

Police photos showed at least three buckets of chicken, about 10 cups of coleslaw, a large package of fries and other KFC items in four large bags.

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Police said the two men, aged 23 and 30, were traveling from Hamilton to Auckland, which is about 75 miles south of the city.

The men, who were traveling from Hamilton to Auckland, had a large amount of KFC and NZ$100,000 ($70,000) in cash to boot.

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Police said the pair would appear in court on charges of violating New Zealand’s health order, adding “further charges are likely.”

Under the nation’s COVID-19 Public Health Response Act, the risky attempt by both could result in imprisonment of up to six months or a fine of up to NZ$4,000 ($2,800).

Auckland will move to Alert Level 3 at 11:59 pm local time on Tuesday. Under this level, travel is only allowed for “permitted movement” such as commuting to work or school.

New Zealand has more than 4,800 confirmed Covid-19 cases, and 27 deaths in a country of nearly 5 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.


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