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Man arrested in post office burglary

A 20-year-old Metaline Falls man faces federal charges for allegedly burglarizing the town's post office last weekend.

Derick Ray Hughes is in the Spokane County Jail without bail after investigators determined he stole a digital camera and three money orders worth $585 from the post office between closing Saturday and opening on Sunday.

Two people who cashed the money orders at a bank in Ione, Wash.m, told a U.S. Postal Inspector that they'd cashed them for Hughes. Hughes admitted to breaking into the post office and stealing the items from packages.

Authorities found other stolen items in his apartment at 109 E. 5th Ave. on Monday, according to court documents.

Two men arrested in a similar break in at a Spokane Valley post office in February are to be sentenced in June.


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