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motorists scramble to grab flying cash in Georgia

Traffic comes to a halt as motorists scramble to grab flying cash in Georgia. Courtesy: 9 News

Traffic on a US motorway came to a standstill as drivers pulled over to grab cash that spilled out of an armoured truck when its doors flew open.

Motorists jumped out of their cars on Interstate 285 in Atlanta as notes totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars floated in the breeze.

The armoured truck company estimated the amount to be worth more than AU$250,000, the Dunwoody Police Department said.

Those driving shot video on their phones of people jumping out of their vehicles and trying to scoop up bills blowing in the wind.

Police responded to calls more than 15 vehicles had stopped on the busy interstate just after 8pm on Tuesday.
“The armoured car crew said the side door came open while they were driving and money spilled out onto 285,” police said in a statement.

“Officers and the truck crew gathered a few hundred dollars that was still there when officers arrived, but plenty was taken.”

Police appealed to anyone who took cash to return it, but added that it is a crime to take cash from an armoured truck and that officers were scouring social media videos to help them find anyone involved.

“We have plenty of social media video, some of which seems to have tag numbers, to follow up on, but we really want people to come in, turn in the money and go on about their life without worrying about when the police are coming to find them,” Sergeant Robert Parsons said.

He noted that one man turned in cash worth AU$3000, and another handed over AU$700 that he picked up on the highway.

“If the money is turned in, we will not criminally charge those who do the right thing,” Sergeant Parsons said.

For those who picked up cash and kept it for themselves, charges could include theft of lost or mislaid property and could be more serious depending on the amount.

Source: https://www.9news.com.au/world/traffic-jam-usa-alanta-as-drivers-grab-cash-armored-truck-us-news/