A plumber who discovered envelopes of cash stashed in a wall at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch has obtained a $20,000 Crime Stoppers reward for the discover.
The plumber, recognized as Justin, made the invention when he was eradicating a rest room within the lavatory of Lakewood Church on Nov. 10, based on native stories.
Houston police had been notified and mentioned in a press release that “proof recovered from the checks” suggests the stashed loot was related to a March 2014 theft on the church.
Within the theft, $600,000 was stolen from the church secure, KRPC Channel 2 reported.
Following the crime, the church gave Crime Stoppers $20,000 to assist resolve the case, KTRK reported.
Two years later, with the case nonetheless unsolved, the church determined to modify the $20,000 incentive right into a charitable donation to Crime Stoppers.
Because of the newest developments, “we’re gifting that very same amount of cash to this Good Samaritan and wishing he and his household a beautiful vacation season,” Crime Stoppers CEO Rania Mankarious instructed KTRK.
Police mentioned the plumber discovered checks and cash orders together with the money stashed within the church’s partitions.
The invention solely got here to gentle after the plumber shared his story on an area radio station.
“There was a free rest room within the wall, and we eliminated the tile,” he instructed host George Lindsey on 100.3 “The Bull”
“We went to go take away the bathroom, and I moved some insulation away and about 500 envelopes fell out of the wall, and I used to be like, ‘Oh wow!’”