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Sheriff: Postman burglarized decorated veteran's home

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A postal carrier helped steal items from a decorated World War II veteran, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Bob Boydston said the carrier for the United States Postal Service was one of three people charged with burglarizing the home of the 92-year-old fighter pilot.

The burglars stole antiques and other property from the man. Some of the items included property collected while Ernest Massey served overseas. His home in rural Kearney was burglarized Oct. 20.

Boydston said most of the stolen items, which were valued at more than $25,000, were recovered and returned to Massey. The items included an antique wall clock, paintings, a vintage candy dish and a vintage bird cage.

The postal carrier, Pamela McKown, 55, of Excelsior Springs, assisted in the burglary of the home in which she delivers mail to, according to authorities. She was charged with second-degree burglary and felony theft.

McKown has worked for the USPS for 15 years. This includes 12 years at the Kearney Post Office and eight years as a full-time rural carrier. She has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.

Also charged were Rickey L. Sloan, 51, and Cristen M. Fisher, 37, both of Excelsior Springs.

Massey was a fighter pilot on board the USS Randolph. He is dumbfounded that someone he trusted, his carrier, would take advantage of him.

According to court documents, McKown said she knew that the home was vacant and had assisted the veteran in having his mail forwarded to his son's home.

Massey said some of the items stolen were collected by his wife who remained his sweetheart throughout the war and they married in 1952. She did six years ago.

"They were thieves. And you shouldn't do that," Massey said. "Not only is dishonorable. It's against the law."

The sheriff said the crimes were outrageous. He said drugs fueled the three's desire to rip off Massey and others.

"A World War II fighter pilot who risked his life for our country deserves our respect and gratitude. He should not be the target of two-bit thieves," Boydston said. "Our detectives did some good investigative work to track down these three and get the commander's property back for him, which included memorabilia from his military days."

The sheriff said McKown is believed to be connected to at least 11 other burglaries of homes on her postal route and said more charges are likely.

The three will appear in court next week. Bond was set at $15,000 each.

According to court documents, McKown said she knew that the home was vacant and had assisted the veteran in having his mail forwarded to his son's home.

The Postal Service issued a statement about McKown's arrest.

"While the Postal Service will allow the investigation of these very serious charges to run its course, if true, and as America's largest employer of veterans, we'd be extremely disappointed in the actions of a trusted coworker," according to the statement.

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