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2 Sacramento-Area Postal Workers Accused Of Stealing iPhones

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WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — Two Sacramento-area postal workers are facing the prospect of lengthy prison terms over allegations they stole hundreds of iPhones from the mail.

Prosecutors say a federal grand jury on Thursday returned a 61-count indictment charging Saravy Yem and Angel Pantoja-Lopez with conspiracy to steal mail and mail theft by postal service employees.

Yem and Pantoja-Lopez, both 27, worked at a postal service distribution center in West Sacramento where they sorted and processed mail.

Prosecutors say the two postal workers opened parcels containing AT&T iPhones, took the phones, then disposed of the empty parcels.

Investigators say they found nearly 300 empty AT&T iPhone parcels at the facility.

Prosecutors say if convicted, Yem and Pantoja-Lopez are facing up to five years in prison on each count.

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