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Steve Hortz is A former Orange County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with burglarizing the home of a dead man, prosecutors said Thursday.
Why Steve Hortz was arrested?
Prosecutors said on Thursday that a former deputy sheriff from Orange County was charged with robbing a dead man’s home.
Steve Hortz, a 12-year veteran in the Sheriff’s Department, was summoned to a Yorba Linda home on July 20 to check on the owner’s welfare. He discovered that the man in his 70s died of natural causes, according to a statement from the district district attorney’s office.
As the authorities claimed, the home surveillance video showed Hortz entering the house about a week later while on duty and in his uniform. Authorities allege that he left the door open and returned twice more in August in civilian clothes.
The Orange County district attorney’s office said Thursday that it was charging Steve Hortz, a former sheriff’s deputy, with three felony counts of second-degree burglary and two counts of grand theft of a firearm. via: @campadrenews https://t.co/Gkz2RZ683e
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Prosecutors claimed that the stolen property contained ceiling fans and safes containing 15 guns.
Authorities said that the Sheriff’s Department started the investigation after providing the surveillance video and the items were missing, reported by the detention lawyer who managed the landlord’s property.
Steve Hortz Trial
Hortz, 42, was arrested last month and is on trial for two serious crimes for three grave second-degree thefts and two major firearm thefts.
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He resigned on 30 September, facing firing, according to the district attorney’s office.
Hortz could face more than four years in prison if convicted.
It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.
“The failure of a single law enforcement agency to fulfill its oath not only damages that officer’s badge, but also stains the badges of hundreds of thousands of honorable law enforcement officers working daily to protect and serve,” District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement.