Preacher Charged with Burglary

Can you believe it? A man of the cloth was up to no good. What has the world come to?

A pastor from Tennessee was caught on a security camera trying to break into the home of one of his parishioners. It’s not the prison-heading pastor’s first pass with the po-po; it seems he’s got a nasty drug habit that’s seemingly hard to break, and he’s been busted before.

USA Today reports: “[The suspect] was already on probation after pleading guilty in 2011 to aggravated burglary in Rutherford County, avoiding a four-year prison sentence by begging a judge for mercy, forgiveness and a chance to treat his addiction.”

His victim was a 70-year-old spitfire named Jewel, who was quoted saying, “I opened the back door and there he stood in the kitchen. I grabbed him by his shirt and I said, ‘I got you now, you ain’t goin’ nowhere,’” she said. “He kept saying, ‘Jewel, let me go.’ I said, ‘No! You stole my medicine.’”

Drugs, man. Drugs. Drugs make people do stupid, desperate things. Lucky for Jewel, the pill-popping pastor wasn’t violent, but he apparently still has his own demons to exorcise, and it seems he needs to cast aside his evil ways and practice what he preaches.

Jewel and her fellow churchgoers need to understand they can only pray for protection so much, but then they need to take action too. Much of society sits back and keeps their fingers crossed, hoping such a thing won’t happen to them. And when it does, even after their pastor was busted years earlier and they invite him back, they wonder how and why this could’ve happened—because that’s his “normal.”

Bad, as we know it, works in mysterious ways.

Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to discussing burglar proofing your home on Fox Boston. Disclosures.