There are countless stories of people discovering amazing things on their property, from World War II relics or items once thought lost to time. One couple had an amazing find totaling an excess of $52,000 in cash and jewels. Believe it or not, they ended up not keeping the treasure.
According to the Daily Mail, Matthew and Maria Colonna-Emanuel had an issue with deer eating the foliage around the trees on their property line at their Staten Island home. With the deer becoming a bit of a nuisance, the couple decided to order a tree company to take the trees down.
“It was really prominent when the deer ate away all the foliage,” Matthew said. As the workers were ripping one of the trees down they heard a loud thud. Underneath the dirt, they found a large safe that looked as if it had been out in the elements for some time.
After opening the safe, Matthew and Maria were shocked to find that the safe was filled with jewels, rings and soggy cash. “And there are all these bags with hundreds and jewelry, diamonds, engagement rings, dozens of rings, gold with jade,” Matthew said. “It was stunning.”
Inside the safe, they also found a note that detailed a robbery with an address on it. After looking the address up online, the two found out the home was streets away from their own.
“First I knocked on the door and I asked them if they were ever robbed and they said they were,” Matthew said. He then went on to explain how he had come into contact with a safe they thought was long gone.
“A couple of people asked us, ‘Why did you return it?'” Maria said. “It wasn’t even a question. It wasn’t ours.” They didn’t even want a reward as they felt spreading good karma was reward enough.