Boy, 6, cracks open robbery case by reeling in sunken safe

Posted at 6:43 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 06:43:26-04

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV-TV) — A 6-year-old boy helped crack open a nearly decade-old robbery case when he reeled in a locked safe from a South Carolina lake.

WCIV-TV reports that Knox Brewer of Johns Island was at Whitney Lake hunting for metal objects underwater when the magnet attached to his line stuck to something heavy.

In this May 9, 2020, photo provided by Catherine Brewer, is a safe that Knox Brewer pulled out of Whitney Lake in South Carolina. The 6-year-old was using a magnet attached to a string to fish for metal in the water when he reeled in a lockbox that police said was stolen from a woman who lived nearby eight years ago. (Catherine Brewer via AP)

The outlet reports that a bystander helped Brewer pull in and pry open what turned out to be a lockbox containing jewelry, credit cards and a checkbook.

Authorities said they determined the sunken safe belonged to a woman who lived near the lake.

The woman told the Brewers the lockbox had been stolen eight years ago.