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Pastor Accused Of Stealing From Church Members

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Hidden camera video that eventually led Smyrna police to charge the 55-year-old with aggravated burglary. Hidden camera video that eventually led Smyrna police to charge the 55-year-old with aggravated burglary.

By Chris Cannon

SMYRNA, Tenn. - Pastor Rickey Reed is accused of stealing pain medication from several church members. Hidden camera video eventually led Smyrna police to charge the 55-year-old with aggravated burglary.

At the time the alleged crime occurred, Reed was the long-time pastor at First Free Methodist Church in Smyrna.

For several weeks prior, church member Jean Harris' home was repeatedly burglarized. Each time her prescription Lortab pills were stolen. She eventually suspected her pastor may be behind the break-ins.

"I set up a camera, and I come home every night and sit and watch it for two hours. And on July the 4th, he was on there," Harris explained.

The video allegedly showed Reed at Harris' back door.

"You can see him pull out some sort of tool, possibly a credit card, and try to use that to open up the door mechanism," said Sgt. Bobby Gibson from the Smyrna Police Department.

During the previous burglaries Harris had not activated the deadbolt lock. The video allegedly shows Harris getting frustrated because the deadbolt was locked, and he could not get in.

Harris could not believe her eyes when she saw Reed on the video.

"Felt like you'd been kicked in the stomach, (I) was crying," Harris said.

After viewing the video, an arrest warrant was issued for Reed, and he turned himself in to police.

Reed was eventually removed as pastor at First Free Methodist Church. Harris said she has not been to the church since then.

"I got a letter from the superintendent that said my personal business should be kept personal, that I should just not talk about this," Harris explained.

After being a member of the church for 55 years, Harris said she no longer felt comfortable there and has moved to another church.

Despite all that has happened, Harris said she is very concerned for her former spiritual leader.

"He was at my dad's funeral two weeks ago, and I told him I loved him and I said, are you getting help,  he said he was," Harris said.

Shortly after his arrest, Reed bonded out of jail.

NewsChannel 5 went to First Free Methodist Church for comment on this story, and church members said they could not speak about the matter.

email: ccannon@newschannel5.com

 

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