There are $4 billion in valuables, priceless artifacts, and cash among unclaimed property stored in a vault under the Pennsylvania treasurer’s office, and some of it belongs to Montgomery County residents, writes Matt Petrillo for CBS3 Philly.
Among the treasures are numerous military medals that need to be returned to the families of Pennsylvania veterans.
“It’s a way for us to say thank you for their selfless service to our nation,” said Pennsylvania state treasurer Stacy Garrity.
Other artifacts include jewelry, old revolvers, and even letters.
A note from Albert Einstein is also among the valuables.
Most of the items come from abandoned safety deposit boxes and police evidence rooms. Unclaimed cash is also stored by the treasury.
Currently, there are more than $230 million of unclaimed money that belongs to Montgomery County residents.
“It’s not the state’s money,” said Garrity. “We really need to return it to our hardworking Pennsylvania families and a lot of them could use it.”
Items are auctioned off after three years in the vault, but people can check if any of the property belongs to them on the treasurer’s website.
Read more about the contents of the unclaimed vault in CBS3 Philly.