The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says that two people were arrested and others could face charges after a large number of drivers stopped on a California interstate to snatch loose cash accidentally dropped in the roadway by an armored vehicle.
The incident took place around 9:15 a.m. on Friday, November 19, in Carlsbad, California.
According to CHP, a Sectran Security Inc. armored truck’s doors somehow popped open as the vehicle was being driven on I-5.
Cash — mostly $1 and $20 bills — spilled out onto the interstate, causing drivers to stop in active lanes of traffic to scoop up the lost money.
The armored truck driver attempted to pick up the spilled cash but then began filming the people picking up the scattered bills.
CHP arrived on scene around 10 a.m.
Two people were arrested for taking the money and blocking traffic with their vehicle.
CHP says that they are now working with the FBI and that others could face consequences for taking the money. Investigators will use social media videos to determine the identity of drivers who stopped to collect the cash.
Sgt. Curtis Martin of the CHP warned, “If you found money on the freeway, it is not your money. It belongs to the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) and this armored truck and the bank. It needs to be returned.”