Drivers stopped to catch $175,000 that fell out of an armored truck in Atlanta

National News

Drivers following this armored truck got lucky when it spilled cash on the highway Tuesday.

(CNN) – The door to an armored truck sprang open Tuesday night on Interstate 285 on the north side of Atlanta, spilling cash across the highway.

Drivers immediately pulled over to try and collect as much cash as they could that flew out of the truck.

The armored truck company estimated $175,000 was deposited across the highway, according to the Dunwoody Police Department.

Those driving past the scene got out their phones and shot video of cars and trucks pulling over, with people jumping out to try to scoop up bills blowing in the wind.

Police responded to 911 calls at around 8:00 p.m. local time indicating that more than 15 vehicles had stopped on the busy interstate to pick up money that had fallen off an armored vehicle.

“The armored car crew said the side door came open while they were driving and money spilled out onto 285,” Dunwoody Police said in a statement. “Officers and the truck crew gathered a few hundred dollars that was still there when officers arrived, but plenty was taken.”

The videos that people posted as the cash blew across the road and into the air are now doubling as evidence. Police are checking social media video to find the drivers with sticky fingers. It is a crime to hold on to cash from the truck.

“We have plenty of social media video, some of which seems to have tag numbers, to follow up on, but we really want people to come in, turn in the money, and go on about their life without worrying about when the police are coming to find them,” said Sgt. Robert Parsons, a spokesman for the Dunwoody Police Department.

Parsons noted that one man turned in $2,100, and another handed over $500 that he picked up on the highway.

“If the money is turned in, we will not criminally charge those who do the right thing,” Parsons said.

For those who keep the cash and do not turn it in, charges could include theft of lost or mislaid property, and could be a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the amount.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Current status of COVID-19 testing in San Angelo