By Mike Perleberg
Kevin MacKenzie and Kelly Mayer
Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center
(Dearborn County, Ind.) - A man and woman who stole Christmas packages and ran a meth lab near Hidden Valley have each been sentenced to prison.
Kevin MacKenzie and Kelly Mayer have each pleaded guilty to 18 counts of Receiving Stolen Property (Class D felony). MacKenzie has also pleaded to Dealing in Methamphetamine (Class B felony). Mayer pleaded to an additional charge of Conspiracy to Commit Dealing in Methamphetamine (Class B felony).
Mayer, 26, was sentenced on Thursday, August 29 by Dearborn Superior Court II Judge Sally Blankenship to 10 years in prison, with another 10 years suspended to probation for her methamphetamine charge. She was given three years on each of the Receiving Stolen Property charges, to be served concurrently with each other and the meth charge.
MacKenzie, 31, received the same sentence from Blankenship on July 31 after making his own guilty plea agreement about a month earlier. He will pay restitution to the victims jointly with MacKenzie.
Both of the criminals had also been originally charged additionally with two counts of Neglect of a Dependant (Class C felony). However, the resolution on those charges were not indicated in their sentencing orders.
The couple followed UPS and FedEx delivery trucks in Dearborn County last December, then would take the packages that were left outside. A witness to one of the thefts by Mayer gave police a description of her vehicle and license plate number.
That information helped Dearborn County Sheriff’s investigators track the thefts to MacKenzie and Mayer’s home on Fairway Drive near Hidden Valley. Inside they discovered the stolen items and packaging, as well as an active meth lab in the garage.
Mayer and MacKenzie’s two children, ages four and seven at the time, were also living in the home.
Neither of the two are to have contact with any of the 16 people they victimized by stealing their packages, many of which contained electronics and other expensive items intended as Christmas gifts.
The Indiana Department of Corrections website lists MacKenzie’s earliest possible release from prison as December 15, 2017. Mayer remains held in jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center.