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Thursday, April 28, 2005
  Yeah, this will end well, phaw!
ABC News: Friends Find $75,000 in Backyard Treasure: "It was a rainy day that prevented Crebase and friends Barry Billcliff and Matt Ingham go to their roofing job, so they began digging around his Methuen yard to dig up a shrub whose roots were creeping into a nearby set of stairs.

About a foot down, Crebase said, he hit some soft wood. More digging cracked open a can and he saw the cash.

After grabbing it, Crebase said he ran screaming to show Billcliff and Ingham, and they helped him uncover about eight remaining cans. The total stash was about 1,800 bills dating between 1899 and 1929 and piles of gold and silver certificates. Exactly who buried it at the home in Methuen, about 30 miles north of Boston and why is unknown.

But at least Crebase and Billcliff disagree about who controls the treasure, estimated to be worth as much as $75,000.

Crebase, 24, says he's the one who made the find and has the final say about the money, though he'll do what's best for everyone.

'I'm the one who found it,' Crebase said. 'Without my decision, nothing's going to happen.'

But Billcliff, 27, said that's not true.

'If one penny is spent, we all have to agree on its use,' he told The Associated Press in a separate interview on Wednesday. 'The truth was, I handed him the shovel, I told him where to start digging.'

Despite the dispute over who controls the money, the friends appear to agree on what they should do with at part of it: putting some of it into Ingham's rock band, called Till We Die. Both say the band, which Crebase described as 'aggressive rock,' can make it big with some help.

'Once they get big, they're going to take care of me,' Crebase said."
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