Staten Island resident Matthew Emanuel opened what he thought was an old cable box and instead found thousands of dollars of ill-gotten booty.
But submerged in the dirt, the remains of what he had always assumed was an old cable box were revealed to be a buried safe.
The safe contained zippered bags filled with various jewelry and “the most fragile dollars you could ever imagine, and almost all of them were hundreds.” Those bills totaled $16,300.
“I thought we found buried treasure,” Emanuel said.
Along with the items contained in the safe was a Brooklyn address that Emanuel was able to trace to one of his neighbors.