Neighbours caught a man in the act of burgling at a house in Nuku‘alofa.
Two men had apparently broken in through the window and began gathering valuables when they became aware of approaching by neighbours.
One of the men fled the scene and escaped, report on Facebook alleged.
Photos posted to Facebook seen by Kaniva News showed a shirtless and shoeless man with blood on his face was being withheld by a woman while another man standing facing him.
The accused was reportedly beaten up before he was warned.
The post appeals to residents of Kolomotu’a and the whole of Tongatapu to watch out for anything suspicious.
Meanwhile, Police have arrested a burglar who was reported to have been responsible for several burglars and thefts at Tofoa.
Reports said Uepi Latu was currently in custody at Hu’atolitoli prison awaiting court appearance.