The local police may have best described the meteorological event that took place Tuesday night in a northern suburb of Atlanta: "Cloudy with a chance of cash."
Enthusiastic motorists on Interstate 285 in Dunwoody, Georgia, received at least $ 175,000 when the door of an armored vehicle was opened, authorities said. The viral video captured the consequences – dozens of opportunistic drivers parked or parked in the middle of the road, going down the street to pick up as much as their fists allowed.
The Dunwoody police said there was no accident or injury as a result of this manna, and the authorities were able to recover a few hundred dollars on the scene. Those who took money technically committed a robbery, writes the ministry on Facebook, although the police can "certainly understand the temptation".
Many made fun of the department's request to return the money and "do the right thing".
"I would have sworn the law was that of the guardians of discovery," said a woman.
On Wednesday night, however, a handful of people came forward to give back some of the money, according to Dunwoody Police spokesman Sgt. Robert Parsons. The five good Samaritans brought in a total of $ 4,400, highlighted by Randrell Lewis, who, according to Parsons, delivered $ 2,100 to the department.
Speaking with 11 Alive, an affiliate member of NBC, Mr. Lewis said that he initially thought that money was pouring his car Tuesday night in the rain. When he learned that the leaves were actually dollar bills, he "stopped" and started picking up as much as [he] could."
The man briefly fantasized about the benefits of money for him and his family, he explained. But these dreams were broken when local information detailed the potential ramifications.
"The news said it was a robbery, it's a robbery, it's a crime and you have to turn it [in] so I have to do it, "he told Alive.
In the case of Lewis, he might have avoided a crime. According to Georgian legislation, recovering money on a highway is a "theft of lost property", making it a crime to keep lost property "without first taking reasonable steps to return the property to its owner. ".
Keeping more than $ 1,500 could lead to a crime charge, Parsons said. He said the ministry could watch the video posted on social media by the spectators to identify the registration plates of other vehicles stopped at the scene, but he doubts that the quality is sufficient to do so.
"We do not want that to happen. We understand that all the money will not be recovered, "said Parsons. "But those who have it, they have to bring it back."
This is not the first time a benefactor has returned money in similar circumstances. Last year, in New Jersey, a man reported $ 10,000 in cash that he found in a bag on the street. Four years ago, a Salvation Army employee in California received $ 5,000 after returning a $ 125,000 bag left on a Brink's truck.
"I started crying and shaking," said the man at the Fresno bee at the time. "Everything was going on in my head – the good devil / bad devil thing. What to do?"
As Georgia's history gained ground on Wednesday, Parsons said the department was starting to receive new complaints: dozens of drivers had been on the interstate highway, seeking additional dollars that would had not yet been collected the perimeter. "
"They went into the woods, jumped over the walls, doing everything in their power to find the money," Parsons said with a chuckle, adding that there was none left. "The agents said they saw an elderly woman climb the wall in search of money."
Lewis, who did not return a message asking for a comment, proudly shared the photo of the police department that returned it on his Facebook page. In response, many of his friends and family expressed pride in his decision.
Others were puzzled as to why he did not keep at least some money.
"[You’re] better than me, "wrote one person.
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