GPD officer arrested for theft

Guam Police Department (PNC file photo)

The Guam Police Department has arrested one of their own for theft.

According to Sgt. Paul Tapao, Guam Police Department spokesman, officers assigned to the Hagatna Precinct Command entertained a “theft of property” complaint at Familia Mart in Chalan Pago yesterday, Nov. 15.

Tapao said a customer had filed a theft complaint after misplacing a wallet while patronizing the store on Thursday, Nov. 14.

With the assistance of store employees, the customer was able to view surveillance footage from the day of the event.

It was discovered that a customer, whom store employees identified as an off-duty police officer, was seen taking the wallet and leaving with the wallet.

Upon assuming the case, CID detectives identified 49-year-old Ryan Gene Guerrero Shimizu, a GPD officer, as the male depicted in the video footage picking up the wallet and leaving with it.

Officer Shimizu was summoned to GPD Headquarters in Tiyan, where he was later interviewed and arrested for the following offenses: theft of property lost or mislaid and official misconduct. He was booked and released.

in a statement, GPD Chief Steven Ignacio said he was aware of the case and he has activated GPD’s Criminal Investigation Division to assume the investigation moving forward.

“I want to assure the community that the Guam Police Department holds every employee to the highest standards of professionalism on and off-duty. Therefore, I have placed officer Shimizu on administrative leave as this case moves forward,” Ignacio said.

The case has been forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General for prosecution.