The news is out: [Instead of keeping the community safe, he was stealing a safe.
A California cop broke into a dead man’s home and stole several items, including a weapons safe and a ceiling fan, his own department said in a press release.
Steve Hortz, a deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, was arrested Wednesday. One day earlier, the family of the dead man shared security camera video of Hortz breaking into the home and walking out with various household items.
In the video, a man can be clearly seen holding two parts of a ceiling fan on one occasion and later hauling off a safe.
Hortz knew the house was empty because he was the officer who responded to the July 20 call that a man in his 70s had died of natural causes, according to the OCSD press release.
He first returned to the home in Yorba Linda, about 30 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles, on July 27 and made subsequent trips Aug. 10 and Aug. 16, the department said.
Hortz, a 12-year veteran of the department, faces three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge, local CBS affiliate KCBS reported. He is on paid leave while he sits in county jail.]
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