Sheriff: Letter carrier acted as lookout in burglary

Clay County authorities today charged a U.S. postal carrier for helping steal items from the home of a decorated 92-year-old World War II veteran.

The postal carrier, Pamela McKown, 55, of Excelsior Springs, was charged with second-degree burglary and theft. Also charged were Rickey L. Sloan, 51, and Cristen M. Fisher, 37, both of Excelsior Springs. Bond was set at $15,000 each, said Clay County Sheriff Bob Boydston.

According to authorities, the burglary occurred around Oct. 20 at the victim’s home in rural Clay County near Kearney.

Boydston said that McKown is accused of alerting her accompliances when the victim was away from the home. They allegedly broke in and stole antique items that the victim had collected while serving overseas during World War II. The items were valued at more than $25,000, Boydston said.

“A mail carrier is someone who most of us trust – it is striking that a mail carrier would be a lookout, while two others would kick in someone’s back door,” he said.

Investigators are trying to determine if the group was responsible for other burglaries in the area.