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Junk Hauler Finds Over $100K in Hope Chest, then Returns It to Owner

MEDFORD, Mass. (CNN) — A Mass. junk hauler says he finds a lot of valuable and rare items in the stuff he’s hired to remove, but his latest find is a life changer for the family that didn’t know what they tossed away.

Leo Guarente is about to break big news.

“I’m like oh my God. How was I gonna tell this lady what we found?” syas Guarente.

Leo runs a junk removal service – The Junk Depot in Saugus.

“We find antiques, we found confederate money, World War II helmets.”

But what Guarente found inside a hope chest from a Medford home…he just couldn’t believe.

“All of a sudden, there was this envelope and I looked in it and said thousand dollars bonds on it,” Guarente adds.

Inside, a stack of bonds from the 70’s.

“It was $1,000…$1,000…$1,000.”

$114,000 by today’s rates was headed for the dump, so Leo is surprising the owner.

Marie Veloso has no idea what was inside her late mother’s chest that she had wanted trashed.

“In the envelope, there was $22,250 in savings bonds.”

“Whoa,” says Veloso.

“At today’s value with interest, $113,954,” says Guarente.

Marie and her brother Joe are speechless.

“Thank you very much.”

But for the family that recently lost their mother to cancer, this is about more than money.

“This is a gift of heaven from Ma,” Joe adds.

And surprisingly, a gift for Leo as well.

“It warms my heart to know that I helped someone.”

Guarente’s good deed was also caught on camera, not just by news crews.

He is trying to get a show on A&E and happened to be filming the pilot when he found the bonds.


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