Cops Help Man Find Buried Treasure Lost in Floods

It was buried six feet underground in his garden
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 23, 2016 6:30 PM CDT
Cops Help Man Find Buried Treasure Lost in Floods
An aerial view shows the flooded streets and damages in Simbach am Inn, Germany, in June. An elderly man briefly lost his buried treasure to the flooding.   (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)

German authorities say an elderly man in Bavaria has recovered his fortune, which he'd hidden at home for safety only to have recent floods make the building uninhabitable, the AP reports. Police in the town of Simbach am Inn said Thursday the 81-year-old initially told them he'd hidden the money in his house, which is now in danger of collapse. When they didn't find it there, he told them he had buried the cash in the garden. They brought in heavy machinery to dig through the garden, eventually coming across the treasure in a metal box more than six feet below the surface. They say the "five-digit sum" of cash is being deposited in the man's bank account. Simbach, on the Austrian border, was badly hit by flooding in early June. (Read more buried treasure stories.)

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