Sentencing moved for ex-cop caught stealing a wallet

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Ryan Gene Guerrero Shimizu (PNC file photo)

The retired police officer who got caught stealing a wallet left behind at a mom and pop store was supposed to be sentenced in the Superior Court of Guam this morning. However, it appears that the lawyers were not ready to proceed.

Ryan Gene Guerrero Shimizu pleaded guilty to theft as a misdemeanor, admitting that he intentionally took a wallet left behind by another customer at a local store in Chalan Pago.

Police retrieved surveillance footage of the incident and identified Shimizu as the suspect. Shimizu was seen taking the wallet to his vehicle instead of turning it in.

Shimizu was employed as a GPD officer and was off duty at the time of the incident. He faces up to four months in prison for the crime.

But at the sentencing hearing before Superior Court Judge Alberto Lamorena, legal counsels needed more time to file paperwork.

It was noted that the government and the defense had not filed a sentencing memorandum and letters of support were just filed by Shimizu’s attorney, Randall Cunliffe.

In light of the need for the court and the Attorney General’s Office to review the filings, the sentencing was continued.

Sentencing is now set for February 24.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.