As part of Auckland’s Alert Level 4 lockdown measures – the most stringent in the country – restaurants, including take-out services, remain closed. Everyone should stay at home and only essential services are open.
The rest of New Zealand is on Level 2, with restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs open, and residents are allowed to leave their homes.
Police were patrolling secondary roads near the outskirts of Auckland when they spotted a suspicious-looking vehicle, a New Zealand police spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.
Upon seeing the police, the vehicle turned around and accelerated before finally coming to a stop, the statement said. When the car was searched, police found a large amount of KFC, over NZ $ 100,000 ($ 70,000) in cash and “empty ounce bags”.
Police photos show at least three buckets of chicken, around 10 cups of coleslaw, a large packet of fries and four large bags of other KFC items.
The two men, aged 23 and 30, were traveling to Auckland from Hamilton, about 75 miles south of the city, police said.
The men, who were traveling from Hamilton to Auckland, had a large amount of KFC in their vault and 100,000 New Zealand dollars ($ 70,000) in cash.
New Zealand Police
The couple will appear in court for violating New Zealand’s health ordinance, police said, adding that “other charges are likely.”
Under the National Covid-19 Public Health Response Law, the duo’s risky attempt could result in jail time of up to six months or a fine of up to NZ $ 4,000 (2 $ 800).
Auckland will switch to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. local time. Below this level, travel is only authorized for “authorized movements” such as home-work or school trips.
New Zealand has reported more than 4,800 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 27 deaths in a country of around 5 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.