Santa Ana, Calif.—A former deputy for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was previously indicted on multiple felony charges, including allegedly stealing a deceased woman’s credit card and using them to make purchases of several thousand dollars accused of attempting to
Public Information Officer Kimberly Aids for the Orange County District Attorney’s office said Steve Hortz of San Dimas responded to a welfare check at the woman’s Yorba Linda home on August 19, 2020, and found her dead.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said, “This man was called in to assist families of victims in their time of need and instead betrayed their trust.”
“This behavior is disqualifying for someone who wears a badge and thankfully, as a result of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigation, he is no longer in a position where he can use his uniform and badge to victimize those in need. which he swore to protect.”
The sheriff’s department launched an investigation after a probate attorney handling the man’s assets reported that a law enforcement officer may have stolen items from the home.
While at home, Hortz allegedly stole three credit cards and later used them to make thousands of dollars worth of unauthorized online purchases, although most purchases were denied.
Hortz, who was arrested on unrelated charges last September, was charged Friday with four felony counts of attempted grand theft and one felony each of identity theft and embezzlement of grand theft, AIDS said. If found guilty on all charges, he faces a maximum sentence of four years and four months in state prison.
Hortz, 42, was previously indicted on several charges stemming from a similar incident, where he and two other Orange County sheriff’s deputies conducted another welfare check at a home on Via Angelina Drive in Yorba Linda on July 20, 2020. AIDS said.
The person who owned the house was found dead inside which was later determined to be of natural causes.
AIDS said that following a welfare check, Hortz was recorded by surveillance cameras allegedly returning home to the man several times, including once while on duty in uniform, stealing $27,000 worth of guns and other items.
Hortz was arrested on September 10, 2020, and resigned from the department in lieu of termination effective September 30, 2020.
AIDS said Hortz was indicted in December 2020 on three felony counts of second-degree burglary and two felony counts of grand theft of a firearm in connection with a burglary in the man’s Yorba Linda home.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times