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Thieves steal from Harlan County Pastor

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

BAXTER, Ky. (WYMT) - An Eastern Kentucky Pastor was delivering a sermon Sunday night while others were breaking in at his home next door.
Pastor Jeff Mills says he and his wife will forgive those responsible.

Pastor Jeff Mills and his wife Lisa say Sunday evening services were a joyous time with a baptism. However, the happiness disappeared when they got home.

"We realized someone had been in our drawers and bedroom," said Jeff Mills.

He says while they were at services next door, thieves broke into the parsonage and stole one thousand dollars, guns, knives, watches, a cell phone, and medication.

"I think it's a shame you can't even leave your home for people coming in and taking what's not theirs," said Pastor Mills.

He says Monday morning, Kentucky State Police found some missing knives and watches on the ground near the property.
State Police are searching for the thieves.

"They knew we were in church, knew where we were, and saw an opportunity to take advantage of us," said Pastor Mills.

The Mills say they have gotten a lot of support from the congregation and hope someone in the community can help find who is responsible for the theft.

"I just want peace back," said Lisa Mills.

The Mills say despite the fear and hurt they feel, they will forgive the thieves.

"God will help us forgive," said Pastor Mills.

Anyone with information on the break-in or stolen items should call the State Police Post in Harlan.

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