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What’s inside Cincinnati’s decades-old safe?

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) –

No need to alert Nicolas Cage, an expert locksmith is back on the case at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Wednesday to recover the potential treasure locked inside a safe.

Operators of the hotel have been trying to open the safe believed to have been around the hotel and Carew Tower since the 1940s or 1950s.

Tuesday morning, the hotel and locksmith began work trying to open the safe but operations stopped when the device trying to crack the code stopped working, said the hotels general manager.

“Remember Geraldo and Al Capone’s safe?” reads a recent hotel Facebook post. “It may very well be empty, but a neat story nevertheless. Stay tuned.”

The Hilton Cincinnati is located on Fifth Street Downtown.

The hotel originally took to social media to say a locksmith had been brought in to solve the mystery and has since posted that a “hi-tech device” has been attached to the dial to determine the combination.

“The process takes 18 hours on average and prevents having to drill and potentially damage the safe,” a post reads.

BUT – there’s more. The hotel is offering a person who comes closest to guessing the combination will receive their Chefs Grand Tasting with wine pairing for two at Orchids.

Very excited that a local safe cracker will be at our hotel tomorrow to open this safe. This safe has been around our hotel and Carew Tower likely since the 1940s or 50’s. Mosler was one of the most reputable and popular safe companies of the 19th and 20th centuries and based in Hamilton, Ohio. We are unsure the last time it was opened though we know it’s been at least 30 years. I wanted to create a public event around the opening however the locksmith does not desire to reveal their safe cracking methods to the public. Remember Geraldo and Al Capone’s safe? It may very well be empty but a neat story nevertheless. Stay tuned……

SAFE UPDATE!
A special hi tech device has been attached to the dial that will read and determine the combination. The process takes 18 hours on average and prevents having to drill and potentially damage the safe. This is all taking place in a secure location unviewable to the public. We appreciate the strong interest in this story. Stay tuned….

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