The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Sheldon Nakamoto as Officer of the Month for April in a luncheon ceremony at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.
Nakamoto was honored for an investigation that led to felony charges in a stolen vehicle case.
On the afternoon of Sept. 22, Nakamoto and another officer responded to a report that a possible stolen car had been seen near a home in Captain Cook. It was reported that a couple on an all-terrain vehicle told an area resident that a car parked nearby had broken down and that they were on their way to a gas station. The resident noticed that the car’s license plate had been altered with black electrical tape.
The officers investigated and learned that the car had been stolen from Kealakekua while the owner was jogging.
Using forensics from the stolen car, Nakamoto identified a female suspect, who had an extensive criminal record. The woman was charged with felony auto theft.
Sgt. Mekia Rose commended Nakamoto for his “diligence, attention to detail, thorough investigative techniques and dedication to duty.”
As Officer of the Month, Nakamoto is eligible to become Officer of the Year.