Bay Area postal inspector indicted in theft case

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Updated: 7/23 9:41 pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal grand jury has returned a three-count indictment charging a San Jose postal inspector with stealing and destroying mail.

The indictment announced on Wednesday alleges that Quan Phan Howard unlawfully opened packages at a San Jose mail distribution center and took a variety items. They included a silver bar, jewelry, coins, gift cards, a gun silencer, a Rolex watch and other items.

Howard is also charged with possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute.

He was arrested last month following an investigation where hidden cameras caught him rummaging through mail and taking the alleged items.

Howard faces up to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine for each count if convicted.

He's scheduled to be arraigned August 1. A call to his defense attorney was not immediately returned.

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