‘Postal Bandit’ sentenced to 30 months in federal prison

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that the man who caused more than $100,000 in damage to the Midway Post Office by breaking in and stealing thousands of pounds of copper wire had been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.   

James Stephen Dudley, 40, was charged last October with theft of government property and other counts in connection with the September 16, 2015

According to court records, Dudley cut a lock on a fence of the Post Office to get inside. After spending several hours inside stripping copper wire in the middle of the night, postal inspectors saw Dudley drive his vehicle onto postal property and load approximately 673 pounds of copper wire into the car.   

Dudley was arrested but planned to scrap the copper wire for cash as he had done on at least five prior occasions last year, authorities said. He
pleaded guilty in December.   

In sentencing Dudley on Friday, U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino ordered him to pay $123,984 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service.

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