The Guam Police Department arrested officer Ryan Gene Guerrero Shimizu, who is the suspect in a theft investigation.
The officer, who is assigned to Executive Security, a GPD division that escorts the governor and lieutenant governor, was booked and released Friday.
Criminal Investigation Division detectives identified the 49-year-old Shimizu as the man recorded on video surveillance footage on Thursday, picking up a wallet on the floor of a store and leaving with it. Shimizu was summoned to GPD headquarters in Tiyan where he was later interviewed and arrested on suspicion of theft of property lost or mislaid and official misconduct.
Shimizu was off duty at the time.
“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,” stated Chief Steven Ignacio.
The case has been forwarded to the Office of the Attorney General for prosecution, GPD stated in its press release.
Wallet dropped on the floor
The officer has been placed on administrative leave.
The incident happened at the Chalan Pago Familia Mart.
Store staff told The Guam Daily Post that a customer came into the store and made a purchase. As he walked out, he dropped his wallet near the cashier counter.
The surveillance footage shows another customer walking in and making a purchase then looking down near the newspaper racks as if he were reading something. While looking down, the second customer is seen picking up the black bifold wallet from the floor and walking out of the store.
Surveillance video from outside the establishment showed the man, now identified as Shimizu, getting into a white sedan and then going through the wallet before driving away.
Store staff said the customer who lost his wallet came into the store on Friday morning asking to review surveillance footage from the previous evening.
Another staffer said she recognized the man who took the wallet as a regular customer and a police officer.