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Man Admits Breaking Into Post Offices in Kern, Kings, Tulare Counties



Steven Ray Martin, 39, of Bakersfield, faces a five-year stint in federal prison for Valley post office break-ins. (Shutterstock)
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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.

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.


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