Officer accused of pocketing dropped wallet pleads not guilty

Ryan Gene Guerrero Shimizu (PNC file photo)

After years on the force, Ryan Gene Guerrero Shimizu has found himself on the other side of the law as an indictment was handed down against him accusing him of theft.

The incident occurred last November at the Chalan Pago Familia Mart where Shimizu was identified as the individual seen on surveillance video pocketing the wallet dropped by another customer. Shimizu was off-duty at the time of the incident.

Booked and released, a grand jury indictment was not handed down until Jan. 2, after Shimizu retired from the force.

He appeared in court this morning answering to charges of theft of property lost or mislaid as a third-degree felony, theft as a misdemeanor and official misconduct.

He pleaded not guilty and was released on his personal recognizance.

After the court hearing, Shimizu did not respond to questions posed by the media. His next hearing is on Feb. 3.