Two men have been arrested after trying to smuggle a car full of snacks and cash into Auckland, to no avail.
Restaurants are closed
Because of the coronavirus, Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, has been in a very strict lockdown for more than a month: residents are only allowed to leave the house to go to the supermarket or doctor, and all restaurants are closed.
Elsewhere in New Zealand, coronavirus measures were eased last week as the virus spreads only in Auckland. Restaurants are allowed to open again and normalcy is largely restored.
As a result, many Aucklanders have attempted to flee the city in recent weeks.
The criminals were trying to get to Auckland yesterday. A police spokesman said officers saw a “suspicious vehicle” traveling on a cobbled road towards Auckland which had fled as police pursued.
Police managed to stop the car and found NZ$100,000 in cash, three tubs of KFC, coleslaw and an “unspecified amount” of french fries from the fast food chain.
The men in the car face a $4,000 fine and up to six months in prison for violating Corona measures. Police also expect other charges against the couple.
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