Armored Truck Spills Cash on Georgia Highway, Mayhem Ensues

Drivers pull over on Georgia highway to pick up cash spilled by passing armored truck 5 photos
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It rained cold, hard cash on Interstate 285 in Georgia earlier this week, when the door of an armored truck swung open and money spilled on the highway.
Dozens of drivers pulled over and got out of their cars to grab as much of it as they could, while pedestrians ran from every direction towards the same goal. Dunwoody Police are now asking people who took money from the highway to make sure they turn it in. Or else.

Anyone can be excused for assuming that money found on the road is theirs for the taking, but that’s not the case. Everyone who stopped and grabbed cash from I-285 can be charged with theft by taking if they don’t bring it back, and police wants them to know they have them on camera doing the deed.

Several videos shot by passing motorists have already been handed over to the police, so Sgt. Robert Parsons says they will be looking for tags in order to identity the “thieves.” He’s hoping that won’t be the case, though, and that people will turn in the money on their own. He also says about $175,000 fell from the truck.

According to WSBT-TV 2 Atlanta, the driver of the armored truck didn’t even know that the door had flung open, so he continued driving at a considerable speed. He stopped farther down the road, when another driver alerted him that he was spilling cash on the highway.

Behind him, chaos broke when other drivers realized that what was blowing in the wind weren’t leaves, but dollar bills.

“Those people who do not return the money, we have video, we have tag numbers. We have footage of people on the interstate,” Parsons says for the media outlet. “What we're asking the public to do is bring the money back. Don't make us come looking for you, because if we do that, you probably will be charged.”

Police also urge drivers to stop scouring the area looking for more money, because there is none left.

WSB-TV says 2 people have already turned in over $2,600 they picked up off the road. They say they didn’t feel ok with the idea of spending money that belonged to someone else, and one of them even adorably gave a shout-out to his mom for raising him right.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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