OC Deputy Allegedly Caught on Digicam Stealing Ceiling Followers, Safes From Useless Man’s Residence – NBC Los Angeles

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OC Deputy Allegedly Caught on Camera Stealing Ceiling Fans, Safes From Dead Man’s Home – NBC Los Angeles

A Southern California sheriff's deputy was arrested on suspicion of breaking into a house after the resident's death.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department announced late Thursday that Assistant Steve Hortz responded to a call on July 20 at Yorba Linda's home when a man in his seventies died of natural causes.

On Wednesday, a family property attorney reported items were missing from the house and provided a surveillance video showing Hortz entering the house at least three times and leaving with belongings stolen, the department said in a statement.

Hortz, a 12-year veteran of the division, returned home in uniform on July 27 and broke through the stern. He returned twice in plain clothes in August, at which point he was seen removing the items, the statement said.

Items stolen included ceiling fans and gun safes.

Hortz was arrested on Thursday for burglary investigations and was on administrative leave. The department is investigating whether similar incidents have been reported on previous service calls with Hortz

"The alleged criminal activity of this MP is a violation of public trust, is inexcusable and intolerable," Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said in the statement.

The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs said in a statement that the allegations are shocking and, if true, could undermine public support for law enforcement.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Hortz had a lawyer.

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