According to Fox News on March 11, officials at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church say $600,000 in cash and checks was stolen from a safe over the weekend. Of the $600,000 stolen, $200,000 of it was in cash and the other $400,000 was in checks. Offering envelopes that may include credit card information were also taken.
The robbery wasn't discovered until 8:30 a.m. Monday morning when a church employee and off-duty Harris County Sheriff's Officer noticed the break in. Investigators believe the theft occurred sometime between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.
Official did not indicate how the safe might have been robbed, but Lakewood members and others who donated over the weekend were told by letter posted on the church's website to keep an eye on their financial accounts and report any suspicious activity concerning their donations from services on March 8 and March 9.
The church also stressed that this is not an electronic data breach. Those are not affected who put their offering in a drop box, or who gave online or through other electronic means, or you made a bookstore purchase.
Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas is the mega-church led by Joel and Victoria Osteen where more than 40,000 people attend weekly services.
The good news in this situation is that the funds were fully insured, and the church is working with its insurance company to replace the stolen funds.
Police will be looking at surveillance video from inside of the church