Those two guys in Massachusetts? The ones who dug up buried treasure in a back yard? It’s sad, but they’ve been arrested and charged with receiving stolen property, conspiracy, and accessory after the fact. The two men, Barry Billcliff and Timothy Crebase, claimed to have found 1,800 bank notes and bills dating between 1899 and 1928 while digging in the yard of the house Crebase rents. And they almost got away with it. But when the men talked about the windfall on TV this week, investigators became suspicious when they noticed details of their stories changing. (AP News)
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. . . . Police Chief Joseph E. Solomon told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that authorities might never have suspected anything had the men not sought publicity.