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Treasure Trove in Lake Travis

from the April, 2017 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

For the last nine years, Rob Weiss has owned and operated Lake Travis Scuba. Despite enjoying obvious success teaching scuba lessons, he discovered an untapped source of income at the bottom of the lake. He reckons he and his diving staff have collected $73,000 worth of items -- and "that's a conservative, estimated value."

He and his team have found wallets, iPhones, GoPro cameras, wedding rings and necklaces, and so many pairs of sunglasses, including RayBans, that he and fellow instructor, Matt Jacobs, have created a sunglasses hunter's certificate said to be accredited as a specialty course by PADI.

Notwithstanding the notional 'value,' Weiss claims he has "made more than $1000 in an effortless approach" to selling off his treasure trove. We guess he means he could have got more if he'd tried!

CBS Austin, which originally reported this story, consulted attorneys, and many of them stated that as long as nobody is publicly looking for a lost item, it can become the property of the finder. Maybe so in Texas, but not necessarily so in other territories where such finds can be considered stealing unless turned in to the proper authorities -- and what about those wallets? He sure can find the owner of those!

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