Tongatapu Police arrest taxi driver in visitor’s theft; find drugs in his possession

    Puke kau polisi Tongtapu' e faka'uli ko e kaiha'asi e peesi 'a e fefine 'Aositelēlia 'i Tonga kae ma'u ai 'i he tangata' ni mo ha faito'o konatapu kalasi ko e mefi.

    Police in Tongatapu arrested a taxi driver who they said stole a purse belonged to an Australian visitor.

    The suspect was allegedly carrying six small packets of methamphetamine while he was confronted and taken to custody.

    Police took the 27-year-old male driver after he allegedly stole the 79-year-old visitor’s belonging on September 10 at an accommodation in Nuku’alofa.

    Police reportedly said the elderly woman left her purse outside her room at her accommodation at around 11:00am before it’s gone.

    A complaint was lodged with Police at around 3.30pm.

    Her purse along with other belongings were recovered and returned, except her about $600 cash.

    The Fasi man has been charged with theft and possession of the illicit drug and was expected to appear at a Magistrate’s Court.

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