Staten Island resident Matthew Emanuel opened what he thought was an old cable box along with also instead found thousands of dollars of ill-gotten booty.
Emanuel just wanted the damaged arborvitae trees in his yard replaced with bamboo. although submerged inside dirt, the remains of what he had always assumed was an old cable box were revealed to be a buried safe. Prying the idea open which has a pickaxe, along with also what was found was a little more than defunct wiring.
The safe contained zippered bags filled with various jewelry along with also “the most fragile dollars you could ever imagine, along with also almost all of them were hundreds.” Those bills totaled $16,300. All told, the contents of the safe were worth $52,000.
“I thought we found buried treasure,” Emanuel said.
Along with the items contained inside safe was a Brooklyn address of which Emanuel was able to trace to one of his neighbors. When he asked the neighbor whether they had been robbed, they were “shaking along with also hugging me,” Emanuel recalled. In fact, they had been robbed — on the day after Christmas, in 2011.
at This kind of point Emanuel along with also his wife have placed a ceramic elephant inside space through which the box was excavated. “We bought This kind of elephant along with also said ‘let’s keep the idea there,’” his wife said. “the idea’s a Great luck spot.”