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Deputy arrested in probe of California home burglary
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Deputy arrested in probe of California home burglary

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Deputy arrested in probe of California home burglary

This Sept. 10, 2020, booking photo provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Office shows Deputy Steve Hortz. The Orange County Sheriff's Department said Thursday that Hortz had responded to a July 20, 2020, call at a Yorba Linda, Calif., home when a man in his 70s died of natural causes. On Wednesday, an attorney representing the family estate reported items were missing from the home and provided surveillance video showing Hortz entering the home at least three times and leaving with stolen property, the department said in a statement.

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California sheriff's deputy has been arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a home after the resident died.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department said late Thursday that Deputy Steve Hortz had responded to a July 20 call at the Yorba Linda home when a man in his 70s died of natural causes.

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

Hortz, a 12-year veteran of the department, returned to the home in uniform July 27 and broke in through the rear. He returned twice in August in civilian clothes and at that time was seen removing the items, the statement said.

Stolen items included ceiling fans and weapons safes.

Hortz was arrested Thursday for investigation of burglary and placed on administrative leave.

“The suspected criminal actions of this deputy are a violation of public trust, are 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 was not immediately clear if Hortz had an attorney.

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