Guy finds buried treasure

METHUEN, Massachusetts (AP) – It’s the stuff of fantasies, and Tim Crebase found it buried under two feet of earth in his own back yard.

There, he and friend Barry Villcliff found a box stuffed with cash and gold and silver certificates, some more than a century old.


My comments:

I reckon they would have found more things in there than that, but just didn’t make it public. Or maybe the media didn’t want us to know… :iagree:

Well I’ll be damned…

Wow that is a very cool thing to find… always dreamed of finding such a thing in my own back yard.

That reminds me of the fact that I do not have a back yard for the time being…

I’m away to dig my garden now.

I saw on TV that these guys stole the money from a house they were working on.

That seems to be what happened from what I just read:

LAWRENCE, Mass. - A group of men who made national headlines by claiming they found a buried treasure worth up to $125,000 was charged Friday with stealing the collection of old currency from a barn where they were working.

Barry Billcliff, 27, of Manchester, N.H., and Timothy Crebase, 22, of Methuen, Mass., were charged with receiving stolen property, conspiracy and accessory after the fact, Methuen Police Lt. Kevin Martin said.

The two were arraigned Friday in Lawrence District Court. Bail was set at $5,000 for Billcliff and $1,000 for Crebase.

Warrants also were issued Friday for Kevin Kozak, 27, of Methuen, and Matt Ingham, 23, of Newton, N.H., on the same charges. It was unclear whether they were in custody.

Barn confession denied
Police said Crebase confessed to finding the money in the gutter of a barn they were hired to repair in Newbury. Authorities declined to identify the owners of the barn and would not comment on whether the money had been reported missing.

But lawyers for Billcliff and Crebase said the men insisted they found the box under a tree in the back yard of a house Crebase rented from Kozak.

“There is no evidence, none, that my client committed any crime.” said Alexander Kain, who is representing Billcliff.

The men had made several appearances on national television this week, and police noticed details of the story changed with each appearance.

Police Chief Joseph Solomon told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that authorities might never have suspected anything had the men not sought publicity.

“Had they just put the money away or, you know, gone somewhere outside of the area and sold a little money at a time, I don’t think anybody would have known or suspected anything,” Solomon said. “Sometimes wanting to be famous is really the downfall of people.”

The arrest interrupted the men’s planned appearance Thursday night on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” because they were being booked by police around the time the show was airing. They were to have been interviewed from the yard where they claimed to have found the money while digging.

Investigators said Crebase, Billcliff and Ingham found the money stuffed in rusting tin cans in the barn’s gutter and persuaded Kozak to go along with their story. The men claimed they found 1,800 bank notes and bills dating between 1899 and 1928 while digging in the yard of the house Crebase rents.

The materials had a face value of about $7,000, but prosecutor Gabrielle Clark said the men had been offered $125,000 by a collector.

Story discrepancies
The men’s stories, though, attracted suspicion because of discrepancies. The depth of the buried crate, for example, ranged from 9 inches to 2 feet.

The men also gave conflicting reasons for digging in Crebase’s yard. They told one reporter they were preparing to plant a tree. In other reports, they said they were trying to remove a small tree or dig up the roots of a shrub that was damaging the home’s foundation.

Billcliff insisted the discrepancies in the story of how the money happened found could be explained.

“It’s like watching a car accident,” he told the newspaper. “Sometimes someone will say something and someone else will say something slightly different, but mostly it’s the same.”

Christine Tetlow of Manchester, N.H., who identified herself as a longtime friend of Billcliff, defended him and said the pair did not steal the money.

“If you need money, he’ll be the first person to step up and give it to you and never ask to get it back,” she said.