Santa Ana Police Department Fires Officers in Pot Shop Raid Caught on Camera

Hidden cameras allegedly captured the officers making derogatory comments about a disabled customer and raiding the back of the store for snacks.

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Three Santa Ana police officers who were part of a pot shop raid that was caught on surveillance cameras have been fired, the department confirmed Friday.

Jorge Arroyo, Nicole Lynn Quijas and Brandon Matthew Sontag are no longer employed by Santa Ana Police Department, according to the department's Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

The three officers pleaded not guilty last month to charges of petty theft for the raid on May 26, 2015 on Sky High Holistic, a marijuana dispensary on 17th Street, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.

Sontag was additionally charged with one misdemeanor count of vandalism of damage less than $400.

Prosecutors filed the charges on suspicion of stealing food and damaging store property.

Though some of the store cameras were legally disabled during the raid, four hidden cameras allegedly captured the officers making derogatory comments about a disabled customer and raiding the back of the store for snacks.

Sontag is accused of smashing the camera lenses to disable them.

If convicted, Arroyo and Quijas both face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, and Sontag could face one year and six months in jail and a $2,000 fine, prosecutors said.

The pretrial hearing will be held on July 25.

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