SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) - A Smyrna woman says she has left the church she belonged to for 55 years after her former pastor was charged with stealing her pain medicine.
Rickey Alan Reed, pastor of First Free Methodist Church in Smyrna, was charged with aggravated burglary after church member Jean Harris set up video surveillance on a side door to her home.
A video recording showed Reed coming to the door and trying to get into the house. Harris told The Tennessean on Monday that she called police after realizing that Reed was going to keep stealing painkillers.
Smyrna Police confirmed on Monday that Reed turned himself in last month and was arrested. A call left on an answering machine Tuesday at a telephone listed in Reed's name wasn't returned.
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