Ex-deputy charged with stealing guns from house of man he found dead

A 42-year-elderly person has been accused of breaking into the home of a perished Yorba Linda man while working as an Orange County sheriff’s representative, and later getting back to take 15 firearms, investigators said Thursday.

Steve Hortz took in the man who expired in the wake of playing out a government assistance check at the living arrangement on Via Angelina Drive on July 20, alongside two other sheriff’s workers, the O.C. Head prosecutor’s Office said in a news discharge. It was later established that the man in his 70s kicked the bucket from common causes.

Following the government assistance check, Hortz – a 12-year veteran of the power – was caught on surveillance cameras getting back to the home multiple times, including once when he broke in while on the job and in uniform, the DA’s office said.

The DA’s office says Hortz took a sum of 15 guns. Sheriff’s investigators said different products taken included roof fans and weapons safes.

Hortz was captured for the situation Sept. 10. He surrendered instead of termination successful Sept. 30, investigators said. He faces three lawful offense checks of second-degree thievery and two crime tallies of amazing burglary of a gun.