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Dec 1, 2010 7:19 PM by Greg Boyce

Former postal worker sentenced to prison for mail theft

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) - A former Denver-area postal worker who stole more than 11,000 packages and sold the items for more than $85,000 has been sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison.

Denver's KUSA-TV reports the judge sentenced 48-year-old David Schmauder to the maximum sentence Monday. He pleaded guilty in August to two felony counts of theft by mail.  Authorities say Schmauder stole packages over two years at a Highlands Ranch post office. The items included DVDs, CDs and lingerie from Victoria's Secret.

Authorities say Schmauder sold most of the items to a store in Littleton. The Postal Service estimates the losses at $283,913, but say there's no way to know how much was stolen.

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