Some of $175,000 returned after money melee on I-285

Cheryl Sanders
July 13, 2019

Drivers near an Atlanta suburb were in for a surprise Tuesday night when an armored auto spilled thousands of dollars onto Interstate 285 around 8 Dunwoody, Georgia, prompting more than 15 cars to stop and grab the cash, according to the Dunwoody Police Department.

While the truck was making it rain, drivers pulled over to join in a literal cash grab. They say the side door of the armored vehicle came open and the money spilled on the highway. It felt like a movie or something out of a video game, not something you would see in real life.

Dunwoody Police said there were no crashes or injuries as a result of the windfall, and authorities were able to recover a few hundred dollars at the scene.

"For those who do not return the money, we do have the videos, we have tag numbers", Sergeant Robert Parsons said. The first thing I did was I pulled over and started picking up some money.

Police are now pleading with people to return the money or face charges.

"While we certainly understand the temptation, it's still theft and the money should be returned".

As the Georgia story gained traction, Parsons said the department began to receive a new set of complaints: Dozens of drivers had taken to the interstate, scouring the area for spare dollars that hadn't yet been collected while "causing huge traffic jams on the perimeter". Those who keep the bills could be charged with theft of lost or mislaid property, a misdemeanor offense.

Speaking to CNN, he said: "It took me a minute to realise it wasn't leaves".

Some people have actually returned their ill-gotten gains: But others apparently chose to scavenge the area for leftover loot on Wednesday.

While it might have looked like free money for the taking, authorities are asking motorists to return any cash they grabbed.

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