HPD officer convicted of buying, selling stolen SUV

HPD officer convicted of buying, selling stolen SUV

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A jury on Tuesday convicted a Honolulu police officer of buying and selling a stolen Toyota 4Runner.

Motorcycle officer Landon Rudolfo could face 10 years in prison when he's sentenced in July.

HPD Deputy Chief Cary Okimoto issued the following statement:

The Honolulu Police Department strives to hold its personnel to the highest professional standards. The HPD understands the ruling of the Federal Court, which would disqualify any officer from carrying a firearm—and therefore from being an active police officer—in the future. Rudolfo is on leave without pay as internal disciplinary ruling proceedings are finalized

Rudolfo took part in a bigger scheme run by former HPD officer Roddy Tsunezumi, who pleaded guilty and is now serving more than two years in prison. Tsunezumi avoided a longer term by testifying against Rudolfo.

Rudolfo's attorney said he didn't know the SUV was stolen or that its vehicle identification number had been altered.

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