Tsunami burglary accused named

ACCUSED NAME: The man accused of stealing from the Mill family, pictured, has been named. The family arrived home after being evacuated to find expensive electronics and a work ute had been stolen.

The man who allegedly stole an expensive hearing aid and other items in a North New Brighton burglary, during the November 14, tsunami evacuation has been named.

Twenty four-year-old Tama Tapine appeared in the district court on Wednesday charged with the alleged burglary.

He has remanded in custody and will reappear via video link on January 10.

Tapine is accused of burgling the Mill family home, after they evacuated their home after tsunami sirens sounded following the November 14, 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Among the items stolen was a $5000 hearing aid belonging to the 12-year-old Alisha Mill.

Electronic equipment was also stolen, along with a work ute.

News of the burglary outraged the community and a give a little page was setup to help the family.

In three days 1130 donations totalling $47,805.71 was raised.

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