Diamonds in the Rough

Inside: valuables worth thousands of dollars


Two young Indiana boys must have been overjoyed when they found a real hidden treasure Saturday afternoon. But, in a pleasant surprise, they didn't keep it to themselves.

Luke Starnes and Christopher Walker, both 11 years old, found a 200-pound safe under a bridge in La Porte, Indiana (just outside Michigan City), reports the South Bend Tribune.

The 20-inch by 20-inch safe had been pried open and several valuables lay inside, including $8,000 worth of jewelry and some savings bonds.

Jackpot, right?

Instead of stuffing their pockets though, the two fifth-graders ran home and told Luke's father, Richard Starnes.

Richard and the boys took the safe back to the Starnes' home and called police, according to the South Bend Tribune.

It turns out the safe belonged to Robert East, 67, and his wife Anita, who live two miles north of where the safe was found. It had been stolen back in February while the couple was on vacation.

Local police say the burglars made off with as much as they could carry: about $2000 in cash, $3000 in jewelry, and a bag of old silver coins.

Fortunately, several important papers—including insurance policies and East's military discharge—had been left behind.

"The two boys did exactly what they were supposed to do and we need more kids like that," East told the South Bend Tribune.

East gave the boys $20 each and plans to also give them gift certificates.

Police do not have any suspects yet in the burglary.

It's good to know that some people's morality is still safe and sound.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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