Woman wants other possible victims of pastor to come forward
Oct 11, 2011 08:36 PM CDT
Reported By Joseph Pleasant, Reporter - bio | email
Rickey Alan Reed, 55
SMYRNA, Tenn. - A Smyrna woman says she wants other church members who may have had their homes burglarized by their pastor to come forward.
Rickey Alan Reed, pastor of First Free Methodist Church in Smyrna, was charged with attempted aggravated burglary after church member Jean Harris set up video surveillance on the back door to her home.
"I know what that means now, to feel like you have been violated," she told Nashville's News 2. "You don't feel safe in your own home."
A video recording showed Reed coming to Harris' backdoor and trying to get into the house.
Harris told Nashville's News 2 she noticed her pain medication, Lortab, was disappearing from her home. She noticed missing pills, as well as a whole bottle at one point.
Harris confronted family and friends who had access to her home, but none of them were the culprit.
She eventually decided to set up the video camera in an effort to confirm who was stealing her medication.
"There are other people whose houses have been broken into," she said, "but they will not say anything."
Harris has since stopped attending First Free Methodist Church.
"I was told by those very people that came to my house, 'Jean you probably saved his life,'" she said. "I said somehow this is going to get turned around on me and I am going to end up being the bad guy and I was."
Smyrna Police confirmed on Monday that Reed turned himself in last month and was arrested.
He was later released after posting a $5,000 bond.
Nashville's News 2 went to Reed's Smyrna home for comment but no one answered the door.
A voice message left at the number listed on his court bond paperwork was also not returned.
Reed is set to return to Smyrna General Sessions Court November 22 at 1 p.m.