Cash flies out of armored vehicle along I-285 in Atlanta


Drivers in Georgia were treated to a windfall Tuesday night when the doors of an armored truck accidentally opened on Interstate 285, dumping thousands of dollars onto the highway.

A side door on a Gardaworld truck unexpectedly opened as the vehicle was driving westbound on I-285 near Ashford Dunwoody Road outside Atlanta. Police say that they received multiple 911 calls "regarding money flying all over the road". Investigators will be trying to locate them from their tag numbers seen in the video.

But officers and the Garda World truck crew only managed to gather a few hundred dollars from what was left over.

By Wednesday night, however, a handful of people had stepped forward to return a chunk of the money, according to Dunwoody Police spokesman Sergeant Robert Parsons. "My instinct was to pull over and collect as much as I can", said Lewis.

Meanwhile, videos circulating on social media show the frenzy caused by the spilled cash.

"While we certainly understand the temptation, it's still theft and the money should be returned", police wrote in a Facebook post.

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The Uber Eats driver said he didn't spend a cent/penny of his haul. Under Georgia law, retrieving money from the highway constitutes "theft of mislaid property", which makes it a misdemeanor to keep lost items "without first taking reasonable measures to restore the property to the owner". "We understand it was a freaky occurrence, but do the right thing and return the money", the post added.

Only two people have turned in money so far.

Sgt Parson added: 'We are thankful there were no crashes or pedestrians struck as a result of this isolated cash storm'.

"People likely saw the police lights coming over the highway", Parsons said.

By the time officers arrived, the opportunists had dispersed.