ORANGE COUNTY PROBATION OFFICER CHARGED WITH STEALING MONEY WHILE EXECUTING SEARCH WARRANTS DURING WORK

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:

  • One felony count of grand theft
  • Two misdemeanor counts of petty theft
Three years in state prison and one year in county jail Arraignment

TBD

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

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