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Utah County officials parted with a small safe during a surplus properties sale because no one knew how to crack it.

But the thick box with one-inch walls and a gas-operated spring locking mechanism was no challenge to Springville resident Bud Schardine, who arranged to buy it for $5."I've cracked about 2,000 safes," said Schardine, who once worked for a safe company in the east.

He said the safe, "a real honey," contained money trays and a handful of dimes and nickels.

Schardine said it was a real old-timer, and he hadn't seen another quite like it. He plans to use it in his home to protect family documents.