Hawaiʻi Police Department
Office of the Chief
Harry S. Kubojiri
April 28, 2011
The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi on Thursday recognized Officer Henry Ivy as “Officer of the Month” for March and Officer Colin Pacheco as “Officer of the Month” for April.
Ivy, a Kaʻū patrol officer, was honored for arresting one suspect and identifying a second suspect in connection with thefts of gasoline and batteries from golf carts.
Pacheco, who is assigned to South Hilo Patrol, was recognized for his investigation that led to an arrest for stealing a purse.
On January 5, Officer Ivy conducted a beat check shortly after midnight at Sea Mountain Golf Course in Punaluʻu because of a series of reported thefts of gasoline and batteries from golf carts in the area. During his check, he spotted several fuel containers with a hose leading to a golf cart and saw a woman fleeing the area on foot. He pursued and caught her. Investigation revealed that three gallons of gasoline and a 12-volt battery had been removed from a golf cart. The woman was arrested and charged with third-degree theft. The officer was also able to identify a second suspect and put out an all-points bulletin for his arrest.
In February, Officer Pacheco responded to a report that a woman had lost her purse at a supermarket. Although it was a simple lost property report, Pacheco followed his instincts and investigated it as a possible theft case. He viewed the store’s surveillance video and observed footage of a woman grabbing the victim’s purse from a check-out counter. The officer recognized the suspect from previous police contacts and tracked her down. The suspect was arrested and charged with felony theft.
As “Officer of the Month,” Ivy and Pacheco are eligible for “Officer of the Year.”
The East Hawaii “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of Hilo.