Matthew and Maria Colonna Emanuel had assumed the silver box beneath some trees outside of their home was simply an old cable box, according to CBS New York.
A crew from New Jersey landscaping company Touch the Earth Inc. discovered that the box was actually a safe.
In a way, they had. Inside the safe “There are all these bags with hundreds and jewelry, diamonds, engagement rings, dozens of rings, gold with jade,” Matthew said, according to CBS New York.
In total, the contents totaled $52,000, reported CBS New York – including $16,300 in cash that hadn’t been damaged, the Emanuels told the Staten Island Advance.
“A couple of people asked us, ‘Why did you return it?’,” Maria Colonna-Emanuel told CBS New York.