Joel Osteen church victimized in $600K theft

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HOUSTON — Police say $600,000 in checks and cash has been stolen from the Houston megachurch led by Pastor Joel Osteen.

Police spokesman Kese Smith says $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks were stolen from a safe sometime between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 8:30 a.m. Monday.


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No arrests have been made.

In a statement, Lakewood Church said the money and checks taken, as well as some envelopes with credit card information, was limited only to funds given during this past weekend’s services.

Church officials say there’s no data breach and the stolen funds are insured. Credit card information was in donation envelopes.

Church officials declined further comment Tuesday.

More than 40,000 people attend weekly services led by Osteen, whose televised sermons reach nearly 100 countries.

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