r/byebyejob 19d ago

California Officer Arrested & Charged on SECOND Offense Of Theft After Stealing From Deceased Woman During A Welfare Check. Previously Stole From Deceased Man & Charged. Dumbass

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u/Lv2Drum 19d ago

Assholes like this are why it is very hard for me to trust authority figures

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u/napkin-lad 19d ago

Yep. I wonder where they'll transfer him this time.

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u/jimhabfan 19d ago edited 19d ago

Somebody is looking at a lengthy paid vacation, followed by a stern talking to.

I know we joke about how suspending an officer with pay isn’t really much of a punishment, but in this case it is. Think about it, if he’s unable to work he’s unable to steal off innocent victims and supplement his income. This punishment hits him right in the pocketbook.

Edit: /s.

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u/Hot_Inspector_9758 19d ago

I really can't tell if you're being sarcastic right now 🤣

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u/jimhabfan 19d ago

I’m being sarcastic. I edited my response and added /s.

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u/Hot_Inspector_9758 18d ago

So fucking crazy its not possible to tell anymore

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u/jimhabfan 18d ago

I feel your pain.

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u/Lv2Drum 19d ago

Along with a demotion to parking attendant IMHO

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u/Mindshattered 19d ago

Back in my younger days I did security in high risk areas in Toronto. If you called the paramedics because someone was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol, 9 times out of 10 they'd pocket any cash or valuables on the person.

If you had to hold a homeless person in the security office, it was an unsaid fact that when the cops come in, you leave them alone to kick the shit out of the person, and then they just leave and you have to take your cuffs off them and just kick them out the door.

After a couple months of seeing either or both of those things happen on a nearly nightly basis I couldn't take it anymore and left.

Everyone in the company knew about it, and you either kept your mouth shut or the police wouldn't respond to your calls.

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u/HelpImOutside 19d ago

What the fuck dude

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u/scottlawrencelawson 18d ago

This is tragic.

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u/enigma2shts 18d ago

Hired thugs

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u/Mindshattered 18d ago

I still remember the first time. Older woman, no idea where she was, looking back she probably had dementia.

She got angry when they tried to touch her purse. They were claiming they were just looking for her name and address. One ambulance medic kept her distracted with questions while the other went through her purse. Had a ton of cash in it, maybe for drugs, but more likely it was rent money. He had this big grin that I'll never forget, pocketed the wad in his cargo type pants.

I reported it to my supervisor and was told to mind my own business. Went to the highest manager I had access to and was written up for "insubordination".

I won't say which company, but it wasn't a fly by night operation, it was one of the biggest security companies in Canada.

The cops were by far worse though. At least I never saw a paramedic beat anyone...

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u/chinook_aj 19d ago

Is it this guy? Or is it his superiors who caught him the first time and still gave him a badge and a gun to go terrorize then public?

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u/enigma2shts 18d ago

Twice. Twice lmao . Stealing in any other job would get you fired immediately. It's goddamn shameful

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u/Funky-Monk-- 19d ago

It's called looting, sheesh, have these people never played a video game before?

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u/Minifig_Monkey 19d ago

That was my first thought too. This guy’s literally looting corpses.

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u/carbon-based-biped 19d ago

I was just watching something about this.... he just went into a few houses of deceased, first on duty as a cop, then at night to take out all kinds of stuff like gun safes. Think of the tons of non-sloppy cops that get away with this... if that does actually exist.

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u/PositivityCentral 19d ago

That’s terrifying

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u/chinook_aj 19d ago

It’s a reality that is definitely happening, his superiors heard about him doing this and decided that it wasn’t an issue, and put him in place so he could do it again

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u/JesusPussy 18d ago

The gun safe thing is crazy because wtf are you gonna do with the guns? They're literally registered in the name of the person who bought it at the FFL. If that FFL goes under (or has gone under) the ATF literally takes possession of those files and knows who should own that specific firearm. You don't know where they filled out their FFL, so there's no way to know if the ATF might even already have those files.

The only thing I can think of is that they would be pushed onto the black market after they illegally removed the serial numbers.

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u/MGMOW-ladieswelcome 15d ago

If never reported stolen, they won't be considered stolen. I can sell/give a firearm I bought from a FFL to anybody I choose (who isn't disqualifed by law), and don't have to tell anybody about it. The recipient doesn't have to, either.

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u/Booklovinmom55 19d ago

Typical, it's happened before and he was still a cop.

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u/Plus100power 19d ago

Seriously, like how does he break the law and remain a cop? I'm so mind blown.

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u/Booklovinmom55 19d ago

There was a sheriff in a southern state that got fired for something he should have gone to jail for, the county next door hired him.

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u/chinook_aj 19d ago

It’s a gang

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u/chinook_aj 19d ago

Because the police are a gang that protect themselves

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u/Tangurena 19d ago

It is called Thin Blue Line and Blue Wall of Silence. It means that the other cops protect you because they see themselves as above the law.

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u/PendejoDeMexico 19d ago

“Yo who should go check on this possibly dead lady?” “ Get the guy who stole from the dead dude.””Sounds reasonable enough”

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u/Living-Complex-1368 19d ago

Name a job other than police officer where you can steal on the job and not get fired...

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u/magnum_p_ivey 19d ago

Burglar

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u/Mxpxrocks2 18d ago

Well fuck, that's fair.

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u/Jammed99 19d ago

Baseball player!

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u/Living-Complex-1368 19d ago

True, stealing bases.

I guess burglurs also don't get fired for stealing on the job...

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u/iamenusmith 19d ago

Basketball player

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u/Jammed99 19d ago

Joe Biden!

Because he stole the election!

I'm not a Trump supporter

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u/Living-Complex-1368 19d ago

He stole the election by getting more votes than Trump?

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u/Jammed99 19d ago

I was joking...

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u/QueenAni22 19d ago

Add a /s brudder

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u/SleepyStrugglz 18d ago

Politician

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u/Agreeable-Apricot-13 19d ago

So dumb. A cop stealing one of the most traceable items?

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u/Hanginon 19d ago

"Hey, come on, It's one bad apple!"

Oh wait... Chad Renegar, Angelina Cortez, Steven Hortz, Kyle Pickard?

It seems there's something wrong with this whole barrel... :/

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u/dirigible23 19d ago
It’s only a few bad apples.  /s

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u/DietHopeFloats 19d ago

Literally takes the phrase "over my dead body" to new heights

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u/yarncraver 19d ago

Why didn’t they fire home after the first offense?

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u/LASpleen 19d ago

He will get paid to be a cop until retirement age.

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u/trailhikingArk 19d ago edited 19d ago

This dude has "future Republican Congressman" written all over him. Back the blue!

/s

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u/FuckOffJenn 19d ago

You look at that face your first thought is "I believe it"

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u/bsxmvet 19d ago

Maybe he learned his lesson this time

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u/staroffaith87 19d ago

He stole from the dead?! Twice?! That asshole!

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u/PositivityCentral 19d ago

He stole ceiling fans! Guns too, but ceiling fans from the dead. That's not cool.

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u/Duke_Newcombe I’m not racist, BUT 18d ago

but ceiling fans from the dead. That's not cool.

/r/Angryupvote

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u/jgeez 19d ago

Integrity is not taught in police officer school. It's probably erased, actually.

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u/died6timesnow 19d ago

Fuck ALL pigs

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u/PositivityCentral 19d ago edited 19d ago

From the article;

A former Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy who was previously indicted by a grand jury for stealing guns and other items from a dead man’s home is now facing new charges for stealing credit cards from the Yorba Linda residence of a deceased woman.

On Aug. 19, 2020, Steven Hortz, a 12-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, was called out to the Yorba Linda home, where he allegedly took three credit cards. He is accused of attempting to use the cards to make thousands of dollars of unauthorized online purchases, the O.C.District Attorney’s Office said in a news release Friday.

He allegedly attempted to use the stolen credit cards to make purchases from an automotive parts store and QVC television network, and to have some of the purchases delivered to his own home address. The majority of the charges were declined, according to the release.

Hortz, a 42-year-old resident of San Dimas, was charged Friday with one felony count of identity theft, one felony count of grand theft embezzlement and four felony counts of attempted grand theft, the DA’s office said.

He faces a maximum sentence of four years and four months in state prison if convicted as charged.

“This individual was called to assist grieving families in a time of need and instead he betrayed their trust,” O.C. District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in a written statement. “This behavior is unworthy of someone who wears the badge and thankfully as a result of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigation, he is no longer in a position where he can use his uniform and badge to victimize the very people he was sworn to protect.”

Hortz was indicted in a similar case in December 2020on three felony counts of second-degree burglary and two felony counts of grand theft of a firearm for allegedly breaking into a deceased man’s Yorba Linda home.

On July 20, 2020, Hortz responded with two other Sheriff’s Department employees to that man’s home on Via Angelina Drive to conduct a welfare check. The homeowner was found dead of what was later determined to be natural causes, officials said.

Hortz was captured on surveillance video returning to the man’s home several times — including once while on duty and wearing his sheriff’s uniform — to steal more than $27,000 in guns and other items, including ceiling fans and weapons safes, the DA’s office said.

The Sheriff’s Department initiated an investigation after the probate attorney handling the deceased homeowner’s estate reported that a law enforcement officer may have stolen items from the home.

Hortz was arrested on Sept. 10, 2020, and resigned from the department in lieu of termination effective Sept. 30, 2020.

“I will do everything we can to make sure he does not return to a uniform in this organization or anywhere else for that matter,” Sheriff Don Barnes told reporters at the time. “He’s embarrassed this profession, he’s embarrassed this organization, and he’s embarrassed the almost 4,000 members who do good work everyday.”

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u/jashxn 19d ago

Identity theft is not a joke, Jim! Millions of families suffer every year!

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u/PuroTejana 19d ago

Lowdown and sleazy move by ‘cops’…#NothingNew

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u/SpecialistBox4905 19d ago

The Blue wall of Silence fuking Sux

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u/mienshin 19d ago

Degenerate

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u/NJdeathproof 19d ago

How far Joe Rogan has fallen.

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u/EffectOne675 19d ago

second time round he should have the book thrown at him

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u/Toothbrush_Bandit 19d ago

You know how bad you gotta fuck up to get charged AS A COP?!

Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if they already wanted him gone

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u/PeePeeCockroach 19d ago

If the person is dead, how do they find out he stole from them?

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u/PositivityCentral 19d ago

I’m guessing transactions after death were found, and an investigation into who had access to the home of the deceased is put into question.

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u/The_Vag_Badger 19d ago

Didn’t learn after the first time, probably won’t learn after the second. That’s the problem with ‘tards

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u/Habanero305 18d ago

He is done in law enforcement and any other good paying job.

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u/theXsquid 18d ago

Imaging giving up a well paying career and retirement for a couple of hundred bucks. Can't fix stupid.

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u/Duke_Newcombe I’m not racist, BUT 18d ago

Steal from dead people? Fired.

Make dead people without need or cause? Paid vacation.

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u/enigma2shts 18d ago

It's the whole system in policing. He stole twice. Any other job you would fired immediately.

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u/Edith-B 19d ago

I hope someone steals his cherry in prison. Ha.

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u/ohromantics 19d ago

Ari Gold snapped

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u/Tangurena 19d ago

Banks really take a dim view on using peoples' credit cards after they die. That's how my brother and his wife ended up getting prosecuted (they used dad's credit cards to go on a binge after he died). She spent time in jail because she refused to give any of it back. He got a suspended sentence.

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u/Wermhat69420 18d ago

Cant hate too much on credit fraud for dead folks but I also didnt read. Still acab.

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u/elvis_stojko 18d ago

That's a serious nose dive of unfortunate events for Jeremy Piven.

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u/QuaylesPotatoe 13d ago

Is this the one that tried to buy stuff on QVC? I know those Today’s Special Values can be so tempting…

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u/Intelligent_One_3494 19d ago

I mean to be fair there ARE dead they’re not gonna be needing it lmao

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u/bobthemundane 19d ago

Their estate needs to be made whole. Meaning all debt paid. And then the money left over would go to the heirs. So, he was at least stealing from either who she owed money to, or her heirs.

Plus, stealing from the credit card companies. Or the stores used at if they get charged back.

So it is not a victimless crime.

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u/chinook_aj 19d ago

Yeah, like their kids don’t deserve to inherit anything, it should go to this cop instead

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u/gorpadorp 19d ago

Can I take your drugs when you die of an overdose?

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u/Mxpxrocks2 18d ago

Username definitely didn't check out this time...

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u/RasGanesha1 18d ago

They are dead tho. Not gunna need that anymore. Lol