Man Admits Breaking Into Post Offices in Kern, Kings, Tulare Counties
Steven Ray Martin, 39, of Bakersfield, admitted to burglarizing eight Valley post offices, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced in a news release on Friday.
When he is sentenced, Martin faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
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According to court documents, Martin went on a burglary spree in December 2018 that causes thousands of dollars in damage. He stole cash registers, packages containing clothes, and other mail during the post office break-ins in Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties.
When authorities captured him in January 2019, he possessed a postal key and hundreds of pieces of stolen mail, according to a federal grand jury indictment.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Barton is prosecuting the case.