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Valley Post Office Thief Gets 27 Months in Federal Pen



Steve Martin, 30, of Bakersfield received a 27-month sentence for theft and damages totaling $8,800. (Shutterstock)
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Steve Martin, 39, burglarized eight post offices in Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties in December 2018.

The total loss in theft (cash registers, letters, packages) and damages: $8,800, according to the Department of Justice.

Doesn’t seem like much compared to other thefts that occur in the San Joaquin Valley.

But there’s a lesson in the sentence the Bakersfield man received Friday morning: Don’t mess with the feds.

Martin is heading to prison for two years and three months, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced in a news release.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Barton prosecuted the case.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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