You’re rummaging through your backyard and stumble upon a rusty container filled with $52,000 worth of gold, diamonds, and cash. What’s your first instinct? If you’re Matthew and Maria Colonna-Emanuel, apparently, you return it to its rightful owner.
The Staten Island couple had lived with an unsightly metal box in their backyard, assuming it to be part of a utility box. It wasn’t until the foliage that covered it was damaged that they decided to inspect it.
This couple thought a piece of rusty metal behind some trees in their backyard was just part of a cable or electrical box, but it turned out to be a safe containing $52,000 in cash, gold and diamonds https://t.co/ig0vexJkp1 pic.twitter.com/pkmpnjZYcy
— CNN (@CNN) May 18, 2018
What they thought was a cable or electric box was actually a rusting safe filled with wet money, rings, diamonds, and other jewelry. Many would have thought they hit paydirt, but the couple also came across a piece of paper with an address. To their surprise, it was right next door.
— CNN (@CNN) May 17, 2018
Buried treasure worth $52,000 found in Staten Island, NY. Matthew and Maria Colonna Emanuel assumed the rusting hulk of metal jutting out beneath some trees was a cable box. Inside was an address. This is about what Good Samaritans in #NYC do https://t.co/CmeGqjPQXe
— Mae_Westside (@Mae_Westside) May 16, 2018
“First, I knocked on the door and I asked them if they were ever robbed and they said they were,” Matthew explained, immediately learning that, on December 26, 2011, his neighbors were robbed of their safe. Inside was a value of $52,000, something the cops said they’d never see again.
Why would the thief just leave the safe there!? Did they forget where they left it? Oh well…good for them for being Good Samaritan’s and returning the money. pic.twitter.com/XZT0XUsgXJ
— Uwanna Nic (@UwannaNic) May 18, 2018
According to Matthew, the neighbor was shaking when he revealed he had located her safe and didn’t hesitate to hand over the large payload of cash and jewels. “It wasn’t a question. It wasn’t ours,” Maria said. “The reward is karma. Good karma,” added Matthew.
The response to Matthew and Maria’s good deed has been largely positive, with many, like Sam Combs (@SamMirrorFlexes) taking the opportunity to make the obvious joke.
I lost a safe just like that!! Was it rusty, metal, found in a wooded area with cash, diamonds and assorted valuables? Right behind a house? Text me and ill arrange pick up! Thank You!!
— Sam Combs (@SamMirrorFlexes) May 18, 2018
In an age that seems to be covered by a black cloud of horrible news from all corners of the world, Matthew and Maria Colonna-Emanuel prove there is a glimmer of hope for humanity.
— Josh Alvarez (@Raider7597) May 18, 2018
Now, if you don’t mind, I have a very important errand to run…
*starts digging in my backyard* pic.twitter.com/TnwxeagjTL
— Mika Gisele (@mickiela) May 18, 2018
H/T: Twitter, CNN