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Truck Spills $175K on Georgia Highway

Drivers were 'frantically taking the money'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2019 1:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – After a truck lost part of its load on Interstate 285 in Georgia Tuesday, numerous citizens stopped their vehicles to help clean up the spillage. But it wasn't exactly a display of public-spiritedness—they were grabbing cash that had fallen out of an armored truck. In a Facebook post, the Dunwoody Police Department said multiple 911 callers told them at around 8pm that more than 15 vehicles had stopped and people were "frantically taking the money," Fox reports. Officers and the armored truck crew managed to gather a few hundred dollars out of the estimated $175,000 that fell out of the truck after a side door opened, police said, adding: "While we certainly understand the temptation, it’s still theft and the money should be returned."

Police say some people were seen with armloads of cash after the spill around 17 miles from Atlanta. They say more than $4,000 has already been returned, and, under a "no harm, no foul" policy, they don't plan on prosecuting anybody who returns the money. "I just saw a cloud full of what looked like leaves. No, it was money," Uber Eats driver Randrell Lewis tells the New York Times. "I am not going to lie. The first thing I did was I pulled over and started picking up some money. Everybody started pulling over and it was crazy." Police say Lewis returned $2,094 on Wednesday. "I just wanted to really make sure I am not going to get in trouble for this," the 26-year-old says. (There were two crashes after an armored car lost more than $500,000 on a New Jersey highway in December.)

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