HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The son of the second-highest ranking officer in the Honolulu Police Department has been arrested on suspicion of felony theft, two days after he allegedly tried to steal merchandise from Nordstrom Ala Moana.
Officers booked Cory Tatsuyama, 24, Friday night, and then released him pending further investigation.
Hawaii News Now raised questions after it learned that the son of Deputy Police Chief Delbert Tatsuyama avoided arrest and was released at the scene after he allegedly tried to steal $800 worth of merchandise.
Multiple police sources told Hawaii News Now that Nordstrom withdrew its complaint after the suspect revealed who his father was. The company denies police reports that it withdrew the complaint, and says it is pursuing charges.
Other police officers wondered if there was preferential treatment given to the suspect after he reportedly identified himself as the deputy chief's son. The officers expressed frustration, saying the criminal case was being swept under the rug.
Police sources say the suspect quickly dropped his father's name after he was detained by security personnel at Nordstrom Wednesday night.
When contacted by Hawaii News Now on Thursday, an HPD spokesperson initially said she looked for but could not find any information about officers being sent to Nordstrom the previous night. When pressed, the department released the following written statement:
"Honolulu police responded and initiated a theft case. No arrest was made at the scene. The investigation is currently ongoing," Capt. Andrew Lum, Honolulu Police Department, said.
The dollar amount in the alleged shoplifting makes it a second-degree theft case. The offense is a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison.