Drivers down I-285 outside of Atlanta on Tuesday night saw $175,000 in cash sprayed across the highway after an armored truck's side door broke open, according to WSB-TV 2 Atlanta.
It was around 8PM when the door flew open, causing cash to fly out into the Westbound lanes of the highway. The loss was estimated by police to be around $175,000.
More than 15 cars pulled off in the middle of the interstate so people could "frantically" collect the cash.
But now, after police warnings and "reality setting in", some are returning it.
Police have been urging people to turn the cash in or face potential changes.
"Those people who do not return the money, we have video, we have tag numbers. We have footage of people on the interstate. What we're asking the public to do is bring the money back. Don't make us come looking for you, because if we do that, you probably will be charged,” a police official said.
Channel 2's Dave Huddelson spoke to one good Samaritan, Randall Lewis, who returned $2000 because he said his parents raised him right.
"Shout out to my mom and dad. They trained me really well. It looked like piles of leaves blowing in the wind. I could not believe my eyes that this was legit money. It doesn't matter if it's finders-keepers. Once you know it belongs to someone, you really can't keep it."
The drivers of the armored car didn't know their door had swung open until someone pulled up next to them and told them.
A local police officer said: "We certainly understand the temptation of [keeping the money]. You certainly see the money falling from the sky. We hate to be the Grinch who stole Christmas in July, but at the same time, it's pretty reasonable to suspect this money belongs to somebody."
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