Gympie’s KFC (pictured) was robbed by two knife wielding bandits, who demanded cash before fleeing, on Sunday.
Gympie’s KFC (pictured) was robbed by two knife wielding bandits, who demanded cash before fleeing, on Sunday. Craig Warhurst

KFC staff held at knife point

GYMPIE KFC staff were shaken yesterday after the fast food store was held-up and employees threatened at knife point on Sunday night.

Police, who are looking for two offenders, say the men armed with knives, covered their heads with black shirts, entered the Channon Street store via a rear door about 10.40pm and forced staff to get on the ground.

Gympie Criminal Investigation Branch Officer-in-Charge Senior Sergeant Gregg Davey said four male employees and a female manager were preparing to close the store.

One of the offenders demanded cash and when the manager complied they both fled.

No one was injured in the robbery, but Snr Sgt Davey said the men were each carrying a black handled silver blade knife.

Witnesses described the first man as wearing a black shirt and dark long pants, with a black shirt over his head.

He is about 186 centimetres tall, with a thin build and was carrying a dark coloured backpack.

The second man was about 180cm tall and also had a thin build; he was wearing a black shirt with light coloured writing over his head, a black long sleeved shirt and black cargo pants with light coloured sneakers.

KFC spokesperson John Hands yesterday said staff were helping with police investigations.

“Fortunately no one has been injured. Counselling has been made available for all four staff and manager today,” he said.

Snr Sgt Davey encouraged other businesses to make sure their security was up to date, especially late traders and said to be vigilant.

He said to report any suspicious activity, record number plate details and call police if worried.

“We’d rather go out to a false alarm then let something like this happen,” Snr Sgt Davey said.

Police are still investigating, but Snr Sgt Davey urged anyone who had seen suspicious activity, men wearing black near KFC on Sunday or hanging around in the last week to call police.

Ring the Gympie CIB on 5480 1111 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

Gympie Times


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