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Rocklin mail theft earns Oroville man return trip to prison

An Oroville man caught stealing mail in Rocklin while on probation is headed back to prison.

Melvin Lee Gregory, 33, wast sentenced Friday in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to three years in prison: two years for participating in a bank fraud and identity theft scheme and one year for violating terms of his probation, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

According to court documents, Gregory was released from federal prison April 2, 2015, after serving a four-year sentence for a previous conviction. Between April 2 and Aug. 22, 2015, while on probation, Gregory opened a bank account and deposited several forged checks. On. Aug. 22, he was observed attempting to break into and steal U.S mail from a Roseville mailbox. Minutes later, he stole mail from a Rocklin mailbox.

When Gregory was arrested by Rocklin police, he was in possession of stolen mail, burglary tools and stolen identification documents, authorities said.

Gregory pleaded guilty in November.

The case resulted from and investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Rocklin Police Department.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy