Santa Ana police officers face charges of petty theft and vandalism 10 months after being caught on video eating snacks and threatening a disabled woman during a raid at a local pot shop.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said Monday it is filing one misdemeanor count of theft against officers Brandon Matthew Sontag, 31; Nicole Lynn Quijas, 37; and Jorge Arroyo, 32, on suspicion of stealing cookies and other snacks during the raid. Sontag is also accused of vandalism in breaking some of the store’s surveillance cameras.
If convicted, Arroyo and Quijas each face maximum sentences of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Sontag, if convicted of both counts, faces up to 18 months in jail and a $2,000 fine. The officers are scheduled to be arraigned April 11 in Orange County Superior Court.
The officers could not be reached Monday. John Franks, president of the Santa Ana Police Officers Association, said the officers’ attorneys requested the union to decline comment.