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Smith: Thieves

I finally finished reading Trey Smith’s book Thieves: One Dirty TV Pastor and the Man Who Robbed Him and I wanted to sort of tie up a bunch of loose ends.

After the safe heist Smith ends up stealing (mostly from department stores) to fund his drug habit. He gets run out of a national park in Texas near the Mexican border, gets busted robbing cars in Taos, spends some time in jail right here in Santa Fe, is in and out of a Christian drug-rehab center called Crossroads in Albuquerque, and many stops later finds himself in Colorado Springs, where by the end of the book he’s more or less clean and sober and spending time in the company of Ken Scott and Bob Enyart.

I had never heard of either of these latter two men before, but it turns out they have made their reputation as fairly hardcore anti-abortion protestors of a particular stripe. In particular, they’ve been arrested for protesting at Focus on the Family because James Dobson endorsed John McCain, even though McCain is soft on right to life issues [link]. The abortion angle doesn’t make it into Smith’s book for some reason; he just describes meeting Scott in jail after Scott was arrested for picketing a church.

This isn’t an especially good book; it isn’t an especially satisfying book. Smith hints in a couple of points in the book that he’s a Christian (while e.g. Mike Murdock’s son Jason is not), but it isn’t clear when this happens. At the end of the book he appears to have joined Enyart’s community, but it isn’t clear what that means. Jesus, as they say, does not appear to figure prominently in Smith’s conversion story.

The Murdock angle doesn’t really get resolved either; evidently Murdock went on his program and talked about the missing safe, but details of that event are missing. And parts of the Murdock story (Does he ever give his insurance company a detailed list of what he claims was stolen? What happens to the criminal investigation? Etc.) are mentioned and then abandoned.

Most of the second half of the book deals with Smith’s drug use and the pattern it sets for his life. It makes for unpleasant reading, and given our druthers we’d spare our worst enemy that. We wish Smith well in his attempts to stay clean and sober, and we hope with time and practice his writing will improve.


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