Strange things have spilled over Atlanta's interstates before – tomahawk foam, products and a whole mess of cattle, just to name a few – but no spill has been as lucrative as Tuesday, October 28th.
An armored truck was driving in the westbound lanes near Ashford Dunwoody Road when a side door swung open, releasing its contents onto the interstate. Cash was everywhere, according to a pilot who called at the WSB Radio.
"I saw a pile of paper floating in the street and everyone climbed up on my shoulder, and as I approached it I noticed they were just cash," the driver reported.
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Generally, a spill on an interstate state would cause consternation and probably stop traffic for a few hours. This time, the drivers gladly stopped. Video a passer-by loaded on Reddit showed that at least half a dozen cars stopped on the shoulder while the drivers took the plane tickets.
When the Dunwoody police arrived at around 8am, all the opportunists had left.
But apparently, even the money you find on the side of the highway is not free. The police are asking all drivers who took advantage of the "isolated cash storm" to return the money, which could be up to 15 people.
"When you enter property control that you know is lost or lost and you adapt it to your own use, without returning it to the owner, it is certainly a crime," the sergeant. Robert Parsons told the radio station.
Those who took the money could be charged with theft of lost or lost property, which is a crime under the law of Georgia.
Investigators are still trying to determine the exact missing amount, but Parsons said the truck's crew estimated it could be over $ 100,000. The officers and crew were able to collect only about $ 200.
In a note, GardaWorld, the company that transported the cash, claimed to collaborate with local authorities and to investigate the incident internally. The company did not disclose further details.
Investigators have seen the shared video on social media and will work to identify drivers by their tag numbers.
"They can enter the Dunwoody Police Department 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," Parsons said in an email to AJC.com. "We will not arrest or accuse anyone who does the right thing."
A man has already targeted the police and returned $ 2,100 to the station Wednesday afternoon, according to Channel 2 Action News.
An interstate cash takeover is a bit of unexplored territory. Parsons saw it happen in the movies, but he said it was the first time he was dealing with something like that in the Atlanta subway.
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