Police arrest cyclone looters

Three male teenagers from the village of Faleloa were arrested by police on Tuesday 14 for allegedly looting on January 11 the day Cyclone Ian wrecked the Ha'apai group.

'Okusitino Peleki, the Ha'apai Police Inspector said "they received a complaint on Sunday 12 January, 2014 from the owner of Matafonua Lodge,  Darren Rice after he returned to the Lodge and found out that" properties worth  $190,10.00 were stolen from the place.

Police were able to seize the stolen goods including alochol and beers which some of them have already been consumed by the trio, Peleki said.

"Investigations are still ongoing with report that there are more suspects who were involved in committing this crime", the Police Inspector said.

"Acting Police Commisisoner ‘Unga Fa’aoa urged those in Ha’apai who are thinking of Committing or continuing to commit this type of crime or any other crimes because of the Vulnerable State facing the Island, to desist as they will be facing prosecution when caught".

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