Tsunami night burglary suspect caught

CAUGHT: The person who allegedly burgled the home of Skyla Mill, Melissa Mill and Matt Mill on November 14 after they evacuated has been caught. This photo was taken the day when they discovered their home had been burgled.

The man who allegedly stole an expensive hearing aid and other items in a North New Brighton burglary has been caught.

The 24-year-old has been charged with a burglary of a residential home in Bower Ave in the early hours of November 14.

It’s alleged he broke into the home during the earthquake and subsequent tsunami evacuations.

The family had evacuated their home due to tsunami warnings at about 2.30am.

Detective Sergeant Damon Wells said electronic equipment and an expensive hearing aid device was stolen, along with the victims work ute.

Among the items stolen was a $5000 device, a Roger, which transmits Alisha Mill’s teacher’s voice to a hearing aid.

He will appear in the district court on December 21.

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.

Persistence by police forensic teams and investigators contributed to the charging of the 24-year-old, said Detective Sergeant Wells.

“While this burglary was high profile and significant, police remain committed to the attendance and investigation of all burglaries where there is a line of enquiry,” he said.

“During the coming Christmas holidays police encourage the public to contact them should they notice anything unusual or suspicious.  In addition ensure that if you are away you have neighbours and friends check on your home and  clear mail.”