The Texas plumber who discovered several hundred envelopes with checks, cash, and more inside a wall at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church has received a $20,000 reward for his discovery, Fox News reported.
The church said that it hopes the plumber pays the gift forward.
What are the details?
The plumber, identified by only his first name, Justin, will receive the money from Crime Stoppers of Houston in connection with the find.
Local police believe that the discovery is related to the 2014 robbery in which the church reportedly lost $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks.
According to the outlet, Crime Stoppers of Houston announced a $5,000 reward back in 2014 in connection with the burglary. Lakewood Church put up a supplemental $20,000 reward at the time, which it ultimately donated to the Crime Stoppers organization in 2016 after the statute of limitations expired.
It is not known at the time of this reporting how much cash was recovered from the wall behind the toilet.
"Crime Stoppers of Houston is a public safety organization that thrives on the public safety of all communities. We believe that it takes all of us, working together, to keep Houston safe and thriving. In 2014, Lakewood Church gave us $20,000 to work on this case. In 2016, they chose to gift us those funds for operations. Today, we are gifting that same about of money to this Good Samaritan and wishing he and his family a wonderful holiday season," Crime Stoppers CEO Rania Mankarious in a statement on the news.
Earlier this week, the plumber told a local radio station that the find was shocking.
"There was a loose toilet in the wall, and we removed the tile," he revealed. "We went to go remove the toilet, and I moved some insulation away and about 500 envelopes fell out of the wall, and I was like 'Oh, wow!'"
The church confirmed the find in a statement, which read, "Recently, while repair work was being done at Lakewood Church, an undisclosed amount of cash and checks were found. Lakewood immediately notified the Houston Police Department and is assisting them with their investigation. Lakewood has no further comment at this time."
The church in a follow-up statement said that it has high hopes that Justin will pay the gift forward.
"In 2016, Lakewood Church made a $20,000 charitable donation to Crime Stoppers of Houston to help solve this case and support them for all they do for the community," the Tuesday statement read. "We are appreciative of the plumber, and we hope he pays the gift forward."