Megachurch thieves took $600,000 in donations from Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church. The theft netted checks, cash and credit card information taken from the safe in the Houston, Texas church. According to WGN TV Chicago on Mar. 12, the church has contacted its members.
The church sent an e-mail to its 43,000 church members on Monday, telling anyone who donated over the weekend to monitor their bank accounts and credit cards for fraudulent activity.
Megachurch thieves broke in between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday according to police. The Lakewood Church claims that there was breach of data and that all of the funds are insured. The credit card information was inside of donation envelopes. The church has declined to make any further public statements at this time.
Megachurch thieves robbed the nondenominational Lakewood Church of Houston, TX. The massive church can seat over 16,000 congregants and hosts seven services per week. It is the largest church in the United States. Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria serve as co-pastors.
Osteen’s father John founded the Lakewood Church in 1959. As a Southern Baptist minister, the church was originally founded for the most charismatic Baptists. Joel Osteen took over in 1999 after his father's death. Te church relocated to its current location in the Compaq Center in 2005.
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