A man and a woman found by police asleep in a stolen car face charges related to the theft of mail and packages in Liberty.
John D. Mackey, 28, and Rebecca L. Nusair, 31, both of Liberty, are accused of being in possessing of the stolen items when police found them asleep inside a car reported stolen out of Kansas City.
Mackey was charged in Clay County with first-degree tampering, a felony, and one count of receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor. His bond was set at $15,000.
Nusair was charged with misdemeanor counts of second-degree tampering and receiving stolen property. Nusair’s bond was set at $5,000.
Liberty police found the pair shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday after they investigated a suspicious vehicle in the 400 block of Kingsley.
Mackey was in the driver’s seat seat of a gray, four-door 2000 Nissan Versa with passenger-side and front-end damage. Nusair was in the passenger seat. Both were apparently asleep, police said.
The car was reported stolen out of Kansas City on Nov. 14.
Investigators said stolen mail and packages inside the Nissan had been delivered to addresses around Liberty.
Anyone with information regarding these or similar crimes in Liberty is asked to contact the Liberty Police Department at 816-439-4701 or the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.
Avoid package theft
The Liberty Police Department encourages following these tips to help protect against package theft:
▪ Track online orders to see when your delivery is scheduled. Some delivery services offer text notifications when your package has been delivered.
▪ Insure valuable items before mailing.
▪ Arrange for packages to be delivered to you at work, if allowed by your employer.
▪ Request a signature confirmation of delivery, which requires the delivery service to either wait until you are available or deliver your package to an at-home neighbor.
▪ Work with your neighbors to watch out for each other’s package deliveries. Watch for strangers tampering with mailboxes, going onto porches for no apparent reason or following delivery trucks in your neighborhood. Be a good witness by noting descriptions of suspicious people and vehicles and call the police right away if you see something suspicious.