A Staten Island man found a safe with cash in his backyard — then things got weird

In an undated handout photo provided by Matthew Emanuel, a safe he found in his backyard in Staten Island, New York. Stolen in 2011 from a nearby house, the safe contained stacks of cash, jewelry and gold, which Emanuel returned to the owners after finding their home address inside. (Matthew Emanuel via The New York Times)  — NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH STORY SLUGGED NY BACKYARD TREASURE BY CHRISTINE HAUSER. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED.

For years, the rusty metal box lay entangled in poison ivy and trees in a Staten Island backyard. The homeowners thought it was just an electricity box.

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