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Mail thief accomplice takes plea deal
March 09, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

A Daly City man who fraudulently used credit cards stolen from mail by a postal worker last fall pleaded no contest Friday to three felonies while the mailman who orchestrated the thefts delayed his sentencing two weeks.

Marlo Lacsamana, 41, pleaded no contest to commercial burglary, identity theft and possessing stolen property. He faces three years and four months in custody when sentenced, in part because of his record that includes four felony convictions.

The former postal worker who gave Lacsamana and two others the mail, 38-year-old Romeo Natan, was to be sentenced Friday for similar felonies but his defense attorney was ill. Natan is now scheduled for a March 22 hearing at which he faces up to three years in prison for identity theft, commercial burglary and credit card fraud.

Most of the mail thefts occurred during November 2012 in the Devonshire Avenue area of San Carlos. Natan was identified as the thief after being caught on a surveillance video at the Target store in Colma using stolen cards and an alleged accomplice caught using a different stolen card implicated him as the source. A Daly City police search of Natan's San Bruno home reportedly turned up bags of undelivered mail, including more than 2,000 pieces in a storage closet and more than 1,000 pieces in the trunk of his car.

Prosecutors also charged three men who received cards from Natan and all have now settled their cases. On Thursday, Joel Lugtu, 31, pleaded no contest to credit card fraud and identity theft for no more than nine months jail. Edgar Guinto also received nine months jail followed by three years probation.

Lacsamana has previous convictions for grand theft, car theft and methamphetamine possession. He also has a pending trial for methamphetamine possession and being under the influence of drugs in public.

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