Drivers stop to scoop up thousands of dollars in cash scattered across freeway after money fell from armored vehicle
DRIVERS on a California freeway stopped to scoop up thousands of dollars worth of cash after the money fell from an armored vehicle.
Two people were arrested after they allegedly got out of their car to pick up the cash that was blowing across the San Diego freeway on Friday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The chaos on the road started when the doors of an armored truck came open on the interstate, sending the cash flying, as reported by Fox5.
The armored truck's driver reportedly tried to pick up the cash at first but then began recording the drivers who stopped to take the cash.
“If you found money on the freeway, it is not your money,” said Sgt. Curtis Martin during a press conference.
“It belongs to the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) and this armored truck and the bank. It needs to be returned.”
Martin added that two people arrested on suspicion of taking the cash, a man and a woman.
The two adults' car was allegedly blocking traffic after they were locked out of the vehicle as they tried to pick up cash.
Travis Fisher, a witness of the incident, told Fox5 he estimated there were thousands of dollars on the freeway.
“I see all these things floating around and I realize it’s money,” Fisher said. “It was pretty crazy. Just everywhere, there was a sea of bills, everywhere.”
Within an hour, officials were seen blocking the freeway and picking up bills to put them in plastic bags.
The armored vehicle was reportedly owned by Sectran Security Inc. and authorities are working to figure out why the doors opened, spilling out the cash.
Officials said social media videos of the incident could help them find those who took any cash.
Martin asked anyone who picked up money to bring it back to authorities.
"Please bring it to the CHP office in Vista and we will go from there,” Martin said, adding that he couldn't guarantee that those who returned the money wouldn't face consequences.
CHP said they are working with the FBI in the ongoing investigation.
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