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

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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.

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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.