Postal worker sentenced for swiping packages

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) - December 1, 2010

A local television station reports the judge sentenced 48-year-old David Schmauder to the maximum sentence Monday. Schmauder 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. They say he netted more than $85,000 for the goods.

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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