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Crooks steal $600,000 in donations from Joel Osteen megachurch

Posted at 3:37 PM, Mar 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-12 15:40:53-04

HOUSTON, Texas (WTVR) — Police in Houston said someone stole over a $500,000  from Lakewood church — the ministry helmed by Joel and Victoria Osteen.

KPRC reports that a thief cracked the mega church’s safe and walked away with about $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks.

It is believed the burglary took place between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

Police are not sure if the act was caught on security video or who may have had access to the vault and the building.

The non-denominational church released a statement saying its leadership is sad about the theft and warned the congregation’s more than $43,000 worshipers to monitor their bank accounts and credit cards.