“在 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. We are appreciative of the plumber, and we hope he pays the gift forward,” the church said in a statement on Tuesday.
Crime Stoppers of Houston CEO Rania Mankarious told CNN the organization does not give rewards for finding stolen property, but the group’s executive committee unanimously agreed Justin should have the money from Lakewood Church.
“What we are doing is passing a gift on because he is the rightful holder of that gift, and he’s a good Samaritan. He did the right thing,” Mankarious said.
Police were called in to investigate on November 10, but news of the discovery did not become public until last Thursday, when Justin called into radio station 100.3 The Bull and told the story.
He called back Monday and shared more details about finding the envelopes.
“They didn’t fall out in front of me, but they fell in the wall. 是啊, I could hear the commotion in the wall,” Justin told The Morning Bullpen hosts. “I shined my flashlight in there, and you could see statements, some dollar bills, just random stuff in there.”
在周五的声明中, the Houston Police Department said an undisclosed amount of money
— including cash
, checks and money orders
— was inventoried
, documented and then left with the church
The stolen money was insured, and a church spokeswoman said the church has resolved the matter with its insurance company.
Mankarious said Justin was very quiet when she called him to let him know he’d be getting the money.
“He said ‘I can’t thank you enough. I mean these are really hard times and I wanted to do the right thing and I did the right thing, but you know these are tough times for everyone and so this money is going to go a really long way,'” 她说.