Hawaii Police Department Officer Adam Roberg was recognized by the Hawaii Island Security and Safety Professionals Association as its Officer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2020.
Roberg was selected for this prestigious honor for his outstanding investigative skills, commitment to the community he serves and passion for his chosen profession.
For example, when it was reported that a man was using a large machete to try to gain entry into post office boxes at a South Kohala postal facility plagued by vandalism, Roberg found the suspect in Waimea, who was subsequently arrested and charged with three felony offenses and two misdemeanor offenses.
Since the suspect’s arrest, there have been no new cases of vandalism at the establishment.
In another incident, Roberg responded to a report of a vehicle that was broken into and a wallet with credit cards stolen. He identified five locations in the Waimea area that the victim’s stolen cards were being used and, knowing that time was of the essence, quickly contacted the various establishments where the cards were being used in an effort to identify the responsible individual.
After reviewing video surveillance footage, he was able to positively identify the suspect, who was charged with 13 felony offenses and one misdemeanor offense related to the vehicle break-in and identity theft.
On a third occasion, Roberg stopped to check on a vehicle parked on the side of Kawaihae Road with the hazard lights flashing, possibly in need of assistance. While talking with the male occupant, Roberg saw narcotics and paraphernalia within the vehicle. A search turned up 22 grams of methamphetamine, seven grams of marijuana, and $6,847 in cash.