Matthew and Maria Colonna-Emanuel live on Staten Island in New York, and since they moved into their apartment, they’ve not given attention to the metal-looking object that was sticking out of the ground in the back yard. They initially thought it was an electrical box or part of a cable, but when local deer ate away all the foliage surrounding the mysterious metal object, the couple realized it was actually a safe.
After digging up the safe and opening it, Matthew and Maria discovered more than $52,000 worth of cash, diamonds, gold, jade and other items. Speaking to journalists, Matthew said the safe contained “hundreds, jewelry, diamonds, engagement rings. Dozens of gold rings with jade. It was stunning.” Inside the safe was a piece of paper with the original owner’s details– one of their neighbors.
The couple went to the neighbor’s house. Matthew relates “First, I knocked on the door and I asked them if they were ever robbed and they said they were”. He discovered that his neighbor was robbed over 6 years ago, on Boxing Day in 2011, with only the safe being taken. Police told the victims that they would never see their things again.
Matthew and Maria gave the contents of the safe back to their neighbors, and when asked why the couple didn’t keep the loot, Maria said “It wasn’t even a question. It wasn’t ours.” Matthew added “The reward is karma. Good karma.”