Three suspects have been charged with housebreaking and theft after heart surgery equipment were stolen from the Tanoa Hotel in Nuku’alofa.
Police have arrested a 42-year-old man from Tofoa and his 25-year-old girlfriend from Lomaiviti this morning, in relation to the housebreaking and theft of a laptop and 4 flash drives which were stolen on Wednesday morning.
A third suspect, a 48-year-old man from Kolomotu’a was arrested from a house at a bush allotment in Lomaiviti this morning at 5.24am, where Police found the stolen laptop and flash drives as well as 4 cannabis plants.
As Kaniva News reported on Wednesday, a complaint had been launched with Police after heart surgery equipment belonged to heart surgeons from Australia were stolen from their hotel room.
“This is excellent work by the Police Criminal Investigation Unit in locating and arresting these people responsible for this burglary so quickly,” says 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 suspects are remanded in Police custody to appear at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate Court later today.