A plumber working at Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, discovered hundreds of envelopes containing checks and cash hidden in the wall behind the toilet.
The plumber, who has only been identified as “Justin,” called a morning radio show in Houston on Thursday after the program encouraged listeners to tell stories about finding items. valuable, based on many reports.
Justin told Bull’s 100.3 radio show that, while he was working at his Texas church on November 10, “There was a loose toilet on the wall, and we removed the brick.”
“We went to remove the toilet, and I moved some of the insulation away and about 500 envelopes fell off the wall,” he added. The man contacted a maintenance supervisor and put in the envelope cash and check.
Houston Police Department confirmed in a statement on Friday that officials were called to the church last month after “church members said that during a renovation project a large amount of money — including cash, checks and money orders — was found inside a wall.”
Houston police confirmed in a statement Friday that “evidence from the recovered checks indicates that this November case is related to” the 2014 reported theft. The police investigation is continuing. customary.
Lakewood Church confirms the recent discovery of cash and checks arriving in the US TODAY.
“Lakewood immediately notified the Houston Police Department and is assisting with their investigation,” the church said in a statement Friday.
Houston’s KPRC reported This week, Crime Stoppers in Houston offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect at the time of the theft. But the organization told the outlet that the plumber would not receive the reward, citing statute of limitations and other factors.