Police in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody said the side door of an armoured truck traveling westbound on I-285 flew open, sent out a confetti stream of cash onto the westbound lanes. Those who witnessed the incident said they could not believe their eyes as the bills floated through the air, then onto the side of the road.
Dunwoody police has urged everyone who took advantage of the cash storm to please return the money or be prepared to face the consequences.
“The law is the law,” Dunwoody police spokesman Sgt. Robert Parsons said “You need to turn in the property. It doesn’t belong to you. Reality needs to kick in, and you need to realize this money belongs to someone.”
Those who grabbed the cash could face charges of theft of lost or mislaid property, a misdemeanour under Georgia law. Amounts exceeding $1,500 are considered a felony with harsher punishments.
“Those people who do not return the money, we have video, we have tag numbers,” Parsons added. “We have footage of people on the interstate. 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.”
So far, at least two people have turned over their cash to police.
One Randrell Lewis walked into the Dunwoody Police Department with $2,100 while another unidentified person turned in a shopping bag with about $500, mostly in one dollar bills.
However, there were still dozens of drivers out and about searching for any remnants of the cash that had spilled onto the highway the night before.
Local police have had to give verbal warnings for people to vacate the area.