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Sacramento couple sentenced for 2012 burglary of postal vehicle

A Sacramento couple has been sentenced in federal court for a “smash and grab” burglary of a U.S. Postal Service vehicle in south Sacramento.

U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley on Thursday sentenced Keo Seng Saechao, 33, to 21 months in prison, and his wife, Pang Shoua Xiong, 33, to 30 months in prison, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Saechao and Xiong pleaded guilty in July to the mail theft.

According to court documents, a postal vehicle was burglarized Sept. 26, 2012, in south Sacramento. A back window of the vehicle was smashed in with a tire iron, and all the mail in the truck was stolen. At the time of the burglary, 531 customers were left on the route.

Saechao was driving the car during the burglary and Xiong was in the front seat, authorities said.

On Oct. 11, 2012, California probation and California Highway Patrol officers conducted a probation search of the defendants’ home as part of an unrelated investigation. They found evidence linking the couple to the postal vehicle burglary, as well as numerous other instances of mail theft in the south Sacramento area, authorities said.

A second search turned up large piles of stolen mail from the addresses that would have been served by the postal vehicle on Sept. 26, 2012. A search of the computers in the apartment showed false IDs with the defendants’ pictures superimposed on them, “Check Designer” software that allows users to create and print checks, and the names and account numbers associated with several of the fraud victims whose identifying information was found on papers in the apartment.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy