Teen Discovers Safe Containing Thousands, Tracks Down Rightful Owner to Return it.

Teen Discovers Safe Containing Thousands, Tracks Down Rightful Owner to Return it.

July 26, 2022 by By Cathy Stack

LINCOLNSHIRE, England—George Tindale, a 15-year-old with an adventurous spirit, searches riverbeds for lost treasures as a hobby. One lucky day, he struck gold when his heavy-duty magnet pulled out a safe containing thousands of Australian dollars. Then he surprised everyone by tracking down the safe’s rightful owner and returning the safe to him.

George made his incredible discovery one day when he was scouring the River Witham in Grantham, Lincolnshire, with his father, Kevin. The father-son duo enjoy a shared passion for the hobby of magnet fishing: using a strong magnet to pull lost metal objects out of river and ocean depths.  

When George and Kevin’s magnet detected a heavy rectangular object, the curious pair tugged it out to see what they had discovered. They wiped years of river sediment, mud and slime from a small safe and pried it open.

Inside, they found sodden business documents, an old wallet and a pouch containing $2,500 in Australian currency (equivalent to $1,800 in U.S. dollars).     

“I mean it was amazing, really. We pulled this safe out and it had all that money in it,” George recalled of his incredible discovery.  

Further inspection revealed the safe also contained a certificate and expired bank cards, which listed the name they needed to track down the rightful owner. After some online sleuthing, they learned that a local businessman of the same name, Rob Everett, reported his safe stolen 22 years prior. George and Kevin helped right the wrong two decades later. 

George and Kevin found Rob through his current business, Winkworth and the Money Options Group. Astounded that someone had found his safe 22 years after it had been stolen, Rob made plans to meet George and Kevin at his office.

“I was just amazed that they’d been able to track me down,” said Rob. “There are some really nice and good people in this world. They could have kept the money. They could have said they attempted to get hold of me.”

Rob explained that a local teenager had stolen the safe from his office in 2000. The amateur thief had been easily caught due to a hat left at the scene with the teen’s name written inside, but authorities at the time could not identify where the thief had hidden the safe. 

Rob was so impressed with George’s honestly that he offered the teen a job when he graduates.  Rob runs a wealth management business and says he is always seeking employees with integrity.  In attention to future employment offers, George also received a small reward for his find.

“They wanted to return the contents and the goods to the rightful owners, and I think that says a lot about humanity… to go to all that trouble,” shared Rob. 

Kevin was clearly proud of his son’s selfless action. 

“There’s a big lesson there. It teaches George that doing good and being honest and giving back is actually more rewarding than taking,” explained Kevin.

PassItOn and The Foundation For A Better Life believe that George is a hero. His action is a great example of the value of integrity. His desire to return the stolen money to its rightful owner displayed honesty and a maturity beyond his years. Please help us celebrate young hero, George Tindale, by sharing his heartwarming story. 

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