Atlanta drivers grab $175,000 in cash that fell out of an armored truck on I-285 and police want it back
As police tell people to return the funds, a defense attorney said it would be difficult to get an exact number of people who took the cash.
Money doesn't grow on trees, but if you were driving along Interstate 285 in Dunwoody Tuesday night, it was falling from them.
An armored vehicle spilled between $100,000 and $175,000 in cash out onto the highway, Dunwoody Police confirmed Wednesday morning.
Videos went viral on social media showing vehicles stopped and people on the side of the road under trees grabbing up cash off the ground.
But beware: "Finders, keepers," isn't actually law.
"While we certainly understand the temptation, it’s still theft and the money should be returned," Dunwoody Police wrote on Facebook.
"We are hoping many will return the money, and I know of at least one who is," Sgt. Robert Parsons told 11Alive's Joe Henke in an email.
"We also may have plenty of video on social media and tag numbers / people to investigate if people chose not to return it," Parsons added.
So far, six people have come to police to return money. Police estimate that value to be around $4,400. They said the people saw the department's Facebook post and decided to return it.
The department said a 911 call came in Tuesday night around 8 p.m. "regarding money flying all over the road." They said at least 15-plus vehicles stopped as "people were frantically taking the money" on the roadway.
"Officers and the truck crew gathered a few hundred dollars that was still there when officers arrived, but plenty was taken by passerby’s sticky fingers," the department wrote. "The exact amount is currently unknown."
"We are thankful there were no crashes or pedestrians struck as a result of this isolated cash storm," police added.
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