Drivers stop traffic to grab cash that fell out of armored truck

The Great Atlanta Cash Grab of 2019.

Atlanta-area drivers were treated to a surprise last night when an armored truck spilled a load of cash onto the interstate.

The incident happened around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, in the westbound lanes of I-285 in DeKalb County, Georgia. Police say that they received multiple 911 calls “regarding money flying all over the road.”

Police say that the side door of an armored truck came open while the vehicle was driving on the interstate, sending money spilling out onto the roadway.


Authorities say that around 15 drivers pulled off the interstate to try to collect the spilled cash. Police say that people were “frantically taking the money.”

The Dunwoody Police Department says that officers and the truck crew were able to collect a few hundred dollars. It isn’t clear how exactly how much money was lost during the incident, but the truck crews estimated that it was around $100,000.

Police are reminding drivers that it isn’t okay to keep the cash they found on I-285:

“While we certainly understand the temptation, it’s still theft and the money should be returned. We are thankful there were no crashes or pedestrians struck as a result of this isolated cash storm.”

One person returned approximately $2100 to police on Wednesday afternoon.

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