Mysterious Safe Discovered in the Middle of New York Field to Remain Locked

Here’s another thing to add to your ‘weird things that happened in 2020’ list: a locked safe with a mysterious note attached to it was discovered in the middle of an agricultural field in New York state.

Kirk Mathes was out of town last Thursday, when he got a phone call about a large metal safe that had been found on one of his fields, near the town of Barre. Word spread so fast that deputies had to disperse a crowd that had gathered on the side of the road to see the oddity. The metal safe, which the farmer estimates weighs between 500-600 lbs., had to be transported to the field by heavy machinery, but no one appears to know who or when they put it there. But all everyone wants to know is what’s inside it, especially because of a mysterious note attached to it.

“If you can open it, you can keep what is inside,” the note attached to the safe reads, and Mathes claims that people actually tried opening it to see what’s inside before police came and dispersed them. Now, the farmer is reluctant to solve the mystery of the safe, as it has proven a nice distraction from the pandemic.

“They took a sledgehammer to it, knocked off the dial and handle, they worked on the hinges, kind of beat it up,” the Barre farmer said. “My personal feeling is, leave it as a mystery. If you open it, the show is over. In these times, with the virus and the politics, it might get people a chance to set their problems or troubles aside and have a lot of fun talking about it.”

As for who put the safe on his farm, Kirk Mathes doesn’t really know but he suspects it was “a wise guy or kids”.

For now, the safe is in one of Mathes’ barns, but he told local reporters that he planned to hide it as soon as they left, to discourage anyone from breaking into his property to open or steal it. In the future, it could become part of a planned history museum in Barre. So we may never know what’s inside.


“It could be holding millions of dollars. It could have confetti in there. You have no idea, so just dream,” local woman Cindy Vanlieshout said.

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