A door of an armored truck flew open on I-285 in Dunwoody on July 9, spilling bags of cash onto the interstate and ending with “money falling from the sky,” according to police. The allure of ‘free money’ was too much to resist for dozens of drivers who pulled over on the side of the road to grab as much money as possible.
But that money is not theirs and police are requesting that people return the cash immediately. Police say they will face no charges if they do so.
“We understand anyone in that position would be tempted, but we want people to do the right thing and bring the money back so they don’t have to worry about police knocking on their door,” said Dunwoody Police spokesperson Sgt. Robert Parsons.
Around $175,000 spilled onto I-285 west in Dunwoody, according to Parsons. Police arrived on the scene about 8 p.m. and started gathering what cash they could find with the armored car crew. About $200 was recovered.
“That leaves a lot left out there,” Parsons said.
So far, two people have showed up at the Dunwoody Police Department to give back the cash they grabbed Tuesday evening. One person returned about $2,000 and another person returned nearly $600, Parsons said. The department is hoping others do the same.
“Certainly, this is a crime and it was obvious the money had fallen out of the truck,” Parsons said. “The money needs to be returned to the owner.”
Parsons said the department received a number of 911 calls about 8 p.m. on Tuesday “about money falling from the sky on 285.” They were also told that many cars were pulled over and people were jumping out and picking bills up from the busy road.
By the time police got to the scene, all the vehicles were gone, Parsons said. But police have video of the scene that was posted to social media and are reviewing it to identify license plate numbers and owners of the vehicles.
People can return the money 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Parsons added. The police department is located at 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody Road.
Parsons said the armored car crew did not realize they were spilling money onto the interstate until after a car pulled up beside them and shouted at them their door was open.
“It’s just bizarre,” Parsons said. “We’re grateful no one was hit and there were no crashes.”