17 Jan 2014

Three arrested for theft of Ha'apai lodge, a day after Cyclone hit island

8:41 am on 17 January 2014

Three men have been arrested after about $10,000 US dollars worth of goods were stolen from a lodge on Ha'apai, the day after Cyclone Ian hit the Tongan island.

They have been charged with housebreaking and the theft of goods from Matafonua Lodge in Foa, Ha'apai.

Chief Inspector 'Okusitino Peleki at the Ha'apai Police Station says the owner returned to his lodge last Sunday, to find the goods missing.

Matangi Tonga reports the acting Police Commissioner 'Unga Fa'aoa says the men, aged between 14 to 18 years-old, remain in custody.

He is urging the Ha'apai people to refrain from such crimes, because of the vulnerable state the island is in after the cyclone.

He says the police investigation continues as reports suggest there are more suspects involved in the crime.