Harlan County men accused of stealing mail and checks from ministry

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Three Harlan County men are accused of stealing from a ministry. Harlan County Sheriff's Deputies say the men stole mail with checks inside belonging to Time of Praise Ministries.

Harlan County Sheriff's Deputies were investigating an unrelated burglary case when they say they found mail stolen from the Time of Praise Ministries.

"After speaking with them, they admitted they stole those out of mail, out of mailboxes," said Sheriff Marvin Lipfird.

Deputies say Jonathan Baldwin, 27, Joshua Mendoza, 30, and Justin Boyd, 25, stole the mail addressed to Time of Praise with checks inside. Deputies say they cashed one check and tried to cash more.

Officials with Time of Praise Ministries told us they did not want to publicly comment on the theft.

"They're good people. real good Christian people and they're victims of a crime and we're going to see that they're properly taken care of," said Sheriff Lipfird.

The three suspects are charged with possession of stolen mail and Baldwin and Mendoza have theft charges for the checks.

"Anytime you deal with stealing from a church or a ministry of any kind, I firmly believe the good Lord with look down on you a little harder when the time comes," said Sheriff Lipfird.

Deputies are investigating whether they are connected to other thefts.

Court records show Mendoza is also accused of stealing a Nintendo game out of another mailbox in Cumberland.


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