Westfield Police able to open century-old safe

Hampden County

Friday, the Westfield Police Department finally opened the century-old safe they found in storage.

22News cameras were rolling as the safe was opened – and nothing was inside!

Brandan Tarbox of Tarbox Lock and Safe was hired to do the job. He told us it was the most difficult safe he’s ever attempted to open. 

Tarbox worked on the safe for 10 hours over the span of two days, but ended up having to drill the safe in order to look inside and determine the combination. The safe was not damaged during the drilling.

Tarbox said, “A friend of mine that knows I’m into the safes and am in the process of running a business doing it showed me the news. I think it was actually the 22News article about the safe. So I read it and thought…”‘Hey, I could do that.'”

Westfield Police Captain Mike McCabe told 22News, “I didn’t think there would be anything in there but I was looking particularly for a file and it wasn’t in there…so it is what it is.”

Captain McCabe told 22News the safe will be moved to the purchasing department where it will likely be auctioned off. The safe is fully functioning, has been cleaned and refurbished.

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