SANTA ANA, Calif. – An Orange County Probation Officer was arrested today on charges of stealing money while he was assigned to execute search warrants on residences in Santa Ana.
|Defendant||Charges||Maximum Sentence||Court Date|
|Juan Manuel Rodriguez, 46, Orange County||Charged on Nov. 28, 2017, with:
||Three years in state prison and one year in county jail||Arraignment
Circumstances of the Case
- At the time of the crimes, Rodriguez was employed as an Orange County Probation Officer assigned to the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) Tactical Apprehension Team (TAT).
- On Aug. 8, 2017, the defendant is accused of assisting TAT in the execution of a search warrant at a residence located on Edinger Avenue in Santa Ana.
- Rodriguez is accused of contacting the victim and asking for his identification card, which was in the victim's wallet.
- While the victim was in a separate area with OCSD deputies, the defendant is accused of stealing approximately $150 in cash from the victim's wallet.
- After the victim was cleared, he reported the missing money to an OCSD sergeant at the scene.
- On Aug. 10, 2017, a “bait” car equipped with hidden video camera and $1,200 in cash in various denominations was set up by OCSD. The defendant, while participating in the execution of an unrelated search warrant on a residence located on North Tustin Avenue in Santa Ana, also searched the bait car.
- Rodriguez is accused of stealing $1,000 cash from the bait car. He is also accused of reporting and leaving only $1 bills in the car.
- Later the same day, Rodriguez is accused of possessing the money from the bait car in his wallet.
- On Nov. 30, 2017, OCSD, who investigated this case, located and arrested the defendant.
Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Angela Hong, Special Prosecutions Unit
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 17CF2998/ November 30, 2017