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Officer Recognized for Solving ID Theft Case

March 29, 2013, 10:57 AM HST
* Updated March 29, 10:58 AM
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A South Hilo patrol officer has been named March’s “Officer of the Month” by the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii.

Jared Cabatu was recognized for his investigation of the theft and use of a credit card stolen from an elderly woman.

The woman reported the theft in November 2012. The card was used to make several purchases in Hilo totaling more than $1,000.

Cabatu was able to determine the identity of the thief and obtained evidence leading to her arrest. She was charged with theft of a credit card, forgery, theft and identification theft. Her bail was set at $40,000.

Police Sgt. Allan Watanabe, who nominated Cabatu for the award, commended his instinct, dedication and “can-do attitude.”

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Cabatu will now be eligible for the club’s “Officer of the Year” award.

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