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Joel Osteen's Lakewood church offering $25,000 reward for information on theft

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It's been more than two weeks since the $600,000 theft took place at Lakewood Church and they still have little to no evidence. To assist with the case, the church is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who can offer leads.

According to The Associated Press, Crime Stoppers, the national organization aimed at preventing and solving crimes in the U.S., announced on Saturday the reward for information.

On the weekend of March 8 and 9, cash and checks - along with written credit card information – were stolen from the popular mega-church. A church employee made the discovery the following Monday morning.

As a precaution, anyone who made contributions on March 8 and 9 were encouraged to monitor their bank account for fraudulent activity. However, the church reiterated that this is not a breach in the church's electronic data system. All credit card information stolen, was hand written.

"The funds were fully insured, and we are working with our insurance company to restore the stolen funds to the church," according to the Lakewood statement.

Donald Iloff, Jr., a church spokesman, said that he couldn't comment further on the theft.

"Lakewood Church is working in conjunction with the Houston Police Department to investigate this matter. We do not want to compromise the investigation by commenting at this time," he said.”

A non-denominational house of worship, Lakewood Church holds the largest congregation in the United States. The church averages 43,500 attendees each weekend. The Houston, Texas mega-church was founded by John Osteen, Pastor Joel Osteen's late father.

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