Posted: 14 November, 2016
Burglars Hit Four NZ Homes After Earthquake
Burglars have struck four homes in New Zealand that were evacuated after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the north Canterbury region of the South Island in the early hours of Monday.
Matt and Melissa Mill and their two daughters fled their home in the Christchurch seaside suburb of New Brighton when the quake struck and returned five hours later finding their home ransacked with their 12-year-old daughter's $NZ5000 hearing aid and a truck missing.
"It's really horrid. We took our family away to be safe and came back toall of this ... it's just devastating," Mrs Mills told NZME.
By 9am Monday police had received four reports of burglaries, which all appeared to have taken place after the quake hit, which was followed by a tsunami warning, forcing many residents to flee.
"It is extremely disappointing that in a time when people are facing a traumatic event, others decide to take advantage like this," Canterbury district commander Superintendent John Price said.
Supt Price said each report would be investigated and police were confident they could deal with the earthquake response as well as their normal policing work.
"If people witness crime or are concerned about suspicious behaviour we encourage them to follow the normal processes and contact police immediately."
Image: Twitter / @HenryMcMullen