Joel Osteen’s megachurch theft of $600,000 dollars included donations made via cash, checks, and credit cards to the church on a Saturday and Sunday. While the $600,000 theft at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, remains a mystery, the Associated Press reports on March 22, that “a $25,000 reward is being offered for clues to solving a $600,000 theft from the Houston megachurch led by Joel Osteen (OH'-steen).”
According to Lakewood Church officials, the $600,000 stolen are believed to have been $200,000 in cash while the rest of the money was donated via checks and credit cards. In regard to the envelopes with credit card information, church officials are saying that there was no data breach. “More than 40,000 people attend weekly services led by Osteen, whose televised sermons reach nearly 100 countries.”
Joel Osteen’s megachurch theft was discovered on Monday morning, March 10, when a Lakewood employee saw that the church’s safe had been broken into. The huge amount of money had been contributed in the church services on Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9, 2014. In addition to offering a $25,000 reward for any information provided about the robbery, church officials made the following statement: "We are working with the police to fully investigate the incident. The funds were fully insured, and we are working with our insurance company to restore the stolen funds to the church."