Acts of Kindness
Teen finds stolen safe full of cash in a creek and goes on a mission to track down its owner
The teen couldn't believe what he found on the other end of that magnet.
D.G. Sciortino
09.28.22

George Tinsdale knows all about magnet fishing. He has social media channels dedicated to it and even promotes different kinds of fishing magnets on his pages.

Magnet fishing involves people using magnets to fish for metallic items under the water.

It’s important to be careful when magnet fishing. You’ll never know what you’ll find. The BBC reports that people have found dangerous things like grenades, dead bodies, and items from alleged crime scenes.

That’s exactly what George, who is 16, found. He never imagined that he’d pull a safe out of the water with Australian cash inside.

And the safe’s owner probably never thought he’d see that safe or money again.

But he did after George and his dad Kevin tracked down the owner to return his money.

“I mean it was amazing really. We pulled this safe out and it had all that money in,” the teen told Yahoo.

The safe was found while they were fishing in River Witham in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

It contained about 2,500 Australian dollars and had been stolen about 22 years prior from businessmen Rob Everett who runs Winkworth and the Money Options Group.

It was taken during an office robbery in 2000.

The safe also contained a shotgun certificate and expired bank cards. That information allowed the Tinsdales to track Everett down.

The family drove out to Grantham to deliver the stolen safe.

Everett was so grateful that he offered George a job when he gets older.

“Rob was great. If I ever want work experience when I leave school, he said the offer is always open,” George told Daily Mail.

Everett found a hat the burglar left with their name stitched into it.

That was later used to arrest the thief.

“I remember at the time, they smashed into a cabinet to get to the safe. I was just upset that there was a nice pen on my desk, a Mont Blanc that was never recovered,” Everett said.

Everett was truly shocked that the safe was even found and even more shocked that someone wanted to return it.`

“I was just amazed that they’d been able to track me down. For me, I just felt 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,” Everett said. “They wanted to return the contents and the goods to the rightful owners and I think that says a lot about humanity. Some people are just wonderful. They’ve gone to all that trouble.”

Everett also gave George a small reward.

“What’s good about it is that George is a good mathematician apparently, and I run a wealth management company now, and I’ve offered him work experience when he’s ready to give him something back, give him some opportunity,” Everett said. “I’d love him to work for us. He’s only 15 but give him a bit more time and I’d be happy to give him an opportunity.”

In addition to magnet fishing, George’s YouTube channel also highlights facts about pollution and how it can negatively affect wildlife. So, it’s not a long shot for him to care about others and return the safe.

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at [email protected]
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