Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Joel Osteen's Megachurch Robbed of $600,000; Theft Limited to Donations Made Last Weekend

Popular televangelist Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas was robbed of some $600,000 in cash and checks last weekend. The donations were collected in services Saturday and Sunday, the Charisma News website reports today (March 11, 2014).

The theft wasn't discovered until 8:30 a.m. yesterday, when a church worker and off-duty Harris County Sheriff's officer noticed the break-in. The money was taken from a safe.

Lakewood -- which hosts the largest congregation in the United States -- has asked anyone who attended services last weekend to pay close attention to their accounts and immediately report any suspicious activity. The church has assured members this was not a data breach and is limited to donations made last weekend.

"We are working with the police to fully investigate the incident," the church said in a statement. "The funds were fully insured, and we are working with our insurance company to restore the stolen funds to the church."

Nearly 45,000 people attend services at the nondenominational Christian megachurch every week.

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