As much as US$600,000 in cash fell out of a truck on a US highway — and police are asking people who took the money to return it or be charged with theft
Police say that anyone who picked up money will be charged with theft if they do not return the cash
By Áine Cain
Drivers on Interstate 70 in Indianapolis, Indiana in the US, were unexpectedly showered with hundreds of thousands of dollars after the back of a Brinks armoured truck blew open on the interstate.
Fox 8 reported that the truck’s back security door swung open around 9 a.m. on Thursday local time. It’s not clear how the door came open.
Law enforcement initially estimated that as much as US$600,000 was deposited on the interstate. But Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sergeant John Perrine told AP that it’s not clear how much money is currently unaccounted for.
Some drivers reportedly pulled over along the road to scoop up as many loose bills as they could. Other individuals ran over on foot to collect some of the discarded bills.
“Bags of money were falling out of the back onto the interstate,” Indiana State Police Corporal Brock McCooe told Fox 8. “Sort of something out of a movie scene, where you have bills, loose bills flying all over the interstate, vehicles stopping, people getting out of their cars.”
Perrine tweeted that troopers were looking for anyone who stopped to pick up money, saying these individuals can be “charged with theft.” The police department said it is already receiving tips with license plate numbers. He advised that drivers who stopped to collect money contact the Indiana State Police in order to return the bills.
This is the second recent incident involving a Brinks armored truck in Indiana. On April 28, two armed men reportedly made off with at least US$500,000 after holding up a Brinks truck in Hammond, Indiana, according to a report from the Northwest Indiana Times.