A Staten Island couple was renovating their backyard when they discovered an unexpected surprise.
The New York Daily News reports Matthew and Maria Colonna Emanuel hired a landscaper to renovate their backyard in their Todt Hill home. During the renovation, the landscaper pulled out a rusty metal safe and the couple opened the safe with a pickax. Inside of the safe was $52,000 in cash, diamond rings, gold, jade, and a paper containing their neighbor’s address.
Matthew said he knocked on his neighbor’s door to see if they were aware that they were robbed:
“First I knocked on the door and I asked them if they were ever robbed and they said they were,”
A police report confirmed that the neighbor’s home was burglarized the day after Christmas in 2011.
There was no explanation as to why the thief hid the safe in the couple’s backyard but the couple returned the cash and valuables to their neighbors.
For years, the couple believed the safe was an old cable box that was buried beneath a group of small trees. However, their neighbor is glad that the money and jewelry were returned to them. Maria Emanuel stated there were no inquiries about the safe.
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