$600,000 Stolen From Safe At Texas Megachurch

Police were investigating Tuesday after someone stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and checks as well as credit information from a safe at the Texas megachurch led by Pastor Joel Osteen.

Joel Osteen (File photo)

HOUSTON (March 11, 2014) Someone has taken cash, checks and credit card information from a safe at the Houston megachurch led by Pastor Joel Osteen.

Nobody has been arrested in the theft from Lakewood Church, Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said Tuesday.

Investigators think the safe was broken into between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Police spokesman Smith says $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks were stolen.

A church statement says there was no data breach and that the stolen funds are insured.

Credit card information was in donation envelopes.

Church officials say the offerings were from Saturday and Sunday and advised followers to monitor their accounts.

Church officials said they are cooperating with police, but had no further comment Tuesday.

More than40,000 people attend weekly services led by Osteen, whose televised sermons reach nearly 100 countries.


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