Deputy allegedly stole suspect’s bank card, gave it to her son

A California sheriff’s deputy is accused of snatching a suspect’s bank card — after which gifting it to her son, prosecutors mentioned.

Angelina Cortez, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Workplace, was busted on a  cost of submitting a false police report practically two years in the past, prosecutors said Wednesday.

On Nov. 19, 2018, Cortez, 41, and an officer in coaching responded  to a report of a person stealing wine and batteries from a 7-Eleven in San Clemente.

As soon as on the retailer, Cortez, a seven-year veteran of the pressure, confronted the suspect, and allegedly snatched his bank card, inserting it in her uniform shirt pocket as an alternative of reserving it into proof, prosecutors contend.

She later handed over the cardboard to her son, who used it to make purchases, prosecutors allege.

“The general public has an absolute expectation that their regulation enforcement officers will perform their duties lawfully,” District Lawyer Todd Spitzer mentioned in a press release.

“When legal guidelines are damaged by the very people who find themselves sworn to uphold them, the general public belief is eroded, and society as an entire suffers. All the felony justice system depends on the belief that these sworn to uphold the regulation are following it themselves.”

Cortez, who has been on administrative depart since June 2019, is ready to be arraigned Nov. 18.

If convicted, she faces as much as three years in jail.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Division mentioned it will be conducting an inside probe,  the Los Angeles Times reported.