An armored truck was driving on the interstate near Atlanta on Tuesday night, July 9, when a side door flew open, sending hundreds of thousands of dollars out onto the roadway.
Many scrambled to collect the cash—over $175,000 in total.
A video posted online shows more than a dozen vehicles stopping in their tracks and getting out of their vehicles to grab the cash.
“While we certainly understand the temptation, it’s still theft and the money should be returned,” police said in the Facebook post on Tuesday. “We are thankful there were no crashes or pedestrians struck as a result of this isolated cash storm.”
Police from Dunwoody encouraged individuals to return the cash as they consider it to be stolen. Anyone who makes no attempt to return lost or mislaid property to the owner may be prosecuted for theft, police spokesman Sgt. Robert Parsons said.
Police have other ways to catch those who may have collected bills.
“Those people who do not return the money, we have video, we have tag numbers,” Parsons said. “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.”
Dunwoody police on Wednesday wrote on their Facebook page that some individuals brought back the scattered bills.
Police said about six people returned more than $4,400 as of Thursday morning.