A preparation for a funeral wake was burgled while a family mourned the loss of their father in Mataika, Tongatapu on Friday night.
The family were alerted about the burglary while they were preparing a property for the funeral’s wake.
Mats, rolls of kie and ngatus were left outside while the family were inside a house, a spokesperson for the family told Kaniva News.
An eyewitness opened a window and caught the heartless burglar in the act.
The burglar allegedly took with him some of the mats and the rolls of kie before he fled the scene.
He also attempted to take with him a ngatu.
The alleged burglary had been reported to Police.
The deceased was Sēkope Siale and he was laid to rest on Saturday afternoon.