Arrests following burglary at hotel in Tonga

Police have arrested a 42-year-old man from Tofoa and his 25-year-old girlfriend from Lomaiviti in relation to the housebreaking and theft of a laptop and 4 flash drives from one of the rooms in the Tanoa Dateline International Hotel in Tonga.

A third suspect, a 48-year-old man from Kolomotu’a was also arrested from a house at a bush allotment in Lomaiviti, where Police found the stolen laptop and flash drives as well as 4 cannabis plants.

The stolen laptop and flash drives contain critical information and data belonging to a team of medical experts from Australia who are in Nuku'alofa to conduct heart surgery for the next two weeks.

“This is excellent work by the Police Criminal Investigation Unit in locating and arresting these people responsible for this burglary so quickly,” said Acting Chief Superintendent Tevita Vailea.

“We are pleased to have been able to locate and give back to them the property stolen within two days of the crime being committed.”

“It is a disgrace that criminals have stolen from guests to our country, whom are here to help our medical people to care for our people.”

The medical experts identified the laptop and flash drives seized by police as their stolen property, and police have charged the 3 suspects with housebreaking and theft.

The suspects are remanded in police custody to appear in the Nuku’alofa Magistrates Court.