Of­fi­cer hon­ored for work on Keeau theft in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMUNITY -

Hawaii po­lice Of­fi­cer Wy­att Kail­iLeong, a six-year vet­eran, was named the Aloha Ex­change Club of East Hawaii’s Of­fi­cer of the Month for Au­gust.

On July 14, Kaili-Leong was flagged down by a woman in Keaau who re­ported the theft of a purse from her parked and un­locked ve­hi­cle. She re­ported that her purse con­tained iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards, bank cards, a check­book, per­sonal items and $2,100 gen­er­ated pri­mar­ily from her farm­ers mar­ket sales for the day. Kaili-Leong, through his wit­ness in­ter­views, learned that an uniden­ti­fied man was at the res­i­dence two days be­fore and sold the wit­ness orchid plants. The same man was seen re­vers­ing from the drive­way in an older-model white Saturn or Mer­cury just be­fore the dis­cov­ery of the crime.

Two days later while on pa­trol, Kail­iLeong ob­served the sus­pect ve­hi­cle on North Ku­lani Road. Kaili-Leong ar­rested the 38-year-old male sus­pect and re­cov­ered nu­mer­ous items taken dur­ing the theft.

Kaili-Leong’s ac­tions demon­strate his com­mit­ment to the Hawaii Po­lice Depart­ment core val­ues of in­tegrity, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, com­pas­sion, team­work and com­mu­nity sat­is­fac­tion.


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