HOUSTON (October 30, 2013) An old concrete-lined safe that a Houston locksmith drilled open after the owner died yielded a treasure trove of what appeared to be gold coins.
Houston police spokesman Kese Smith didn’t have an estimate of the value Wednesday, but said the coins likely involve a "substantial" amount.
Locksmith Robert Rivera said a customer who was planning to sell the safe for scrap was curious about the contents so he helped open the safe on Monday and then called Houston police.
Officers took temporary custody of the coins until parties in the civil matter reached an undisclosed agreement Tuesday.
KTRK-TV reported that an attorney says relatives of the late owner, whose name wasn't released, gave the safe to an unnamed individual while clearing the home, but said any valuables found were to be returned.
KPRC-TV reported the safe also contained silver bars and jewelry.