Parishioners attending services at Houston’s Lakewood Church on Sunday lamented the theft of $600,000 in cash and checks from a church safe just a week earlier.
“It’s a disappointment,” Larry Zavala, a five-year member, said. “Even in the House of the Lord, it’s not safe.”
The Houston Police Department is investigating the theft of $200,000 in cash, $400,000 in checks and some handwritten credit card numbers from an office safe sometime March 9 or early March 10 when an employee discovered the money was missing.
“The funds were fully insured, and we are working with our insurance company to restore the stolen funds to the church,” Lakewood officials said in a statement last week.
With more than 40,000 members, the nondenominational megachurch led by pastor Joel Osteen boasts the largest congregation in the country.
One parishioner who declined to give her name said her surprise lessened the more she thought about it.
“When good people come to church, the devil comes, too,” she said. “You can’t say everybody who comes to church is a good person.”
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SOURCE: Houston Chronicle