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Treasure chest found in roadway in Roswell

Gold coins, cash inside

Dozens of antique gold coins were found on Jones Road Oct. 14. (click for larger version)
October 30, 2012
ROSWELL, Ga. – If you found a substantial amount of cash lying on the side of the road, what would you do?

That was the dilemma facing two local residents Oct. 14 when they came across a box lying near the intersection of Jones Road and Shallowford Road in Roswell, not far from the fire station.

The men said they were both driving on the road about 2:14 p.m. when they saw the box. They stopped their vehicles and opened it.

"They opened it up and found cash and gold coins in it," said Detective Dana DeWeese, who is investigating the box and trying to find its owner.

Inside was a large amount of cash along with dozens of antique gold coins.

While others may have taken the valuables for themselves, the two men went to the fire station and turned it over to authorities.

The coins were antique denominations, with some marked "St. Gaudens" and "Franc."

"There are some turn-of-the-century, American gold coins," DeWeese said. "There are also some French gold coins."

DeWeese has begun searching for the owner and spread the information of the lost property to surrounding police departments and coin dealers; however the owner has yet to be found.

Coincidentally, there was a coin show in Marietta the same day the box was found, and the owner may have attended. DeWeese is concerned also that the box may have been stolen.

"We put it out to the other jurisdictions in case it was evidence of a burglary or robbery," he said. "So far, there are no hits."

This isn't the first time a box of money has turned up. DeWeese said one of Roswell's officers once found an ATM box in the middle of the road. This is the box that holds the cash in an ATM. DeWeese said it had fallen off the back of the delivery truck.

If someone has information on the coins, DeWeese urges them to call the Roswell Police Department at 770-640-4100.

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    Treasure chest in Roswell, NM.
    October 31, 2012 | 05:24 AM

    I think that gold coins with treasure chest could be buried treasure in desert?

    Koichi Ito
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    looks like a good day
    November 01, 2012 | 04:39 PM

    I don't think I would have turned this money in. Caching.

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    Be good
    November 01, 2012 | 04:45 PM

    I feel sorry for the person who lost this money. It could mean a lot to him to get it back and, Trey, good people shouldn't make fun of other's misfortunes.
    Just think 'what would Jesus do?'

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    Annie you be good
    November 02, 2012 | 01:36 PM

    I don't know about you Annie, but I could use the money and if it's found money, even better. God wanted me to have that!

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    November 02, 2012 | 02:21 PM

    I would have kept that shiz. Losers weepers is my motto.

    Jasper Collins
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    November 02, 2012 | 04:04 PM

    I cannot believe people wouldn't do the right thing but that is something I cannot believe in most normal living.

    Who are we other than a people who would do unto others and I don't need Jesus to tell me that. I do not need the Buhda or Sidartha or anyone else.

    Send it in. The money will be spent and gone. The exerience will be here and gone, but the feeling of doing the right thing will last forever. Amen.

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    Aww, that's cute
    November 02, 2012 | 04:23 PM

    "I can't believe people wouldn't do the right thing"

    You must be new to the world.

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    Do the right thing
    November 02, 2012 | 10:32 PM

    Being a mormon church elder and community leader I would do the right thing by keeping it and spreading its wealth by buying some ho's.

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    Property Rights
    November 03, 2012 | 09:33 AM

    Hey if you find 20 bucks, it's not worth the hassle to track down the rightful owner. But something like this was obviously not meant to be left by the road so you should try to find the rightful owner. Would you steal a guy's wallet if he left on the bar by mistake?

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    O b a m a SUCKS!
    November 03, 2012 | 06:37 PM

    I would keep!! If owner doesnt claim, the people you turn it in to keep it!!!! I would watch news/newspaper Internet to see if anyone reported lost. If I found the person it belonged to on my own, I would then give it to them.

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    Well the comments hear speak volumes...
    November 04, 2012 | 08:51 AM

    ...about the state of America and values. A greedy, self-centered lot we have become. Sad.

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    Oops...."here" not "hear"
    November 04, 2012 | 08:52 AM


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    Thank you Wags
    November 04, 2012 | 09:50 AM

    Even if it was a stack of hundreds, what could you do: Ask if anyone lost bills with pictures of Ben Franklin on them? But this find sounds like someone goofed and probably feels really, really bad about it. This with the fact that the owner could positively identify them would makeme turn it in. What I wonder is if by the two finders arriving at the same time, they influenced each other to think it through to the proper course of action.

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    Good move
    November 04, 2012 | 04:27 PM

    The two men did the right thing. I just hope if the legitimate owner is not found that those two get to split the treasure and it doesn't end up going to the city/government.

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    If I remember correctly...
    November 04, 2012 | 05:43 PM can turn unclaimed property of any sorts (including cash) over to the police or sheriff's department. If the property is not claimed after 90 days, you then become the rightful and legal owner of said property. The law probably variates from county to county and state by state, but I remember this from a relative that found a grocery bag in a parking lot filled with about $1,000.

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