The side door of an armored truck opened as it hurtled down an Atlanta highway Tuesday night, pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars on the roadway – making it the best day of all time for passing motorists.
"The vehicles immediately started to stop collecting money," said Dunwoody police sergeant. Robert Parsons told WSB Radio.
"I saw it in the movies," he said. "It's the first thing I can think of."
The van was traveling west on the Atlanta I-285 when its door opened. Images posted on social media show drivers stopping in their tracks and coming out of their vehicles to steal money. The authorities believe that about $ 175,000 has been stolen.
"The 911 callers said that more than 15 vehicles had stopped and that people were frantically taking money," police said in a statement released Wednesday. "The officers and the crew of the truck collected a few hundred dollars that were still there when the officers arrived, but the passenger's sticky fingers took a lot. The exact amount is currently unknown. "
While this may sound like a good idea at the time, those who were collecting cash and keeping it for themselves could face charges of stealing lost or misplaced property – a crime or misdemeanor, according to the amount they have amassed.
"Although we certainly understand the temptation, it's still theft and the money should be returned," wrote the police. "We are grateful that there have been no accidents or pedestrians struck as a result of this isolated cash storm."
The drivers – seemingly uncomfortable with the seizure of money – started making it Wednesday.
"So, believe it or not, some people have returned the money," said the police in another statement. "We understand that this is a weird event, but act properly and make money."