(CMR) Popular televangelist Pastor Joel Osteen was reportedly questioned by police after ‘bags and bags' of cash and checks were found in about 500 envelopes in a bathroom wall at Lakewood Church in Texas.
A plumber who worked at the church reportedly called into a Houston radio morning show to tell them about his shocking discovery, which comes seven years after about $600,000 in donations was stolen and hasn't been recovered.
The plumber who gave his name as Justin said he was called into America's largest church, Lakewood Church, on November 10 to fix a broken toilet. Justin told the radio show that he informed the church's supervisors and was made to wait at the church for almost seven hours after his discovery.
Lakewood immediately notified the Houston Police Department and is assisting them with their investigation.
In 2014, an employee discovered the break-in on a Monday morning following Lent. Cash, checks, and deposit slips that listed parishioners' credit card information was stolen. Crime Stoppers offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest at the time, but no arrests were ever made.
Houston police confirmed in the Friday statement that “evidence from the recovered checks suggests this November case is connected to” the 2014 reported theft.