Two people who allegedly stopped on a California freeway to grab spilled cash were arrested after they locked themselves out of their car, and the CHP is warning they have images of dozens more.
“It is not your money,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Curtis Martin said at a news conference Friday, several hours after stacks of cash fell onto Interstate 5 in Carlsbad.
The back door of an armored truck came open on the freeway around 9:15 a.m., and the CHP immediately started getting calls about motorists running into the lanes to scoop up the bills, mostly 1s and 20s.
The driver of the truck started trying to retrieve the money but eventually turned to taking pictures of people and cars in the chaotic scene.
The CHP did not specify how much money was lost or how much was returned. The truck, from Sectran Security, was on its way to an office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the agency said.
A man and a woman were arrested at the scene on suspicion of taking cash. They had accidentally locked the key in their car when they got out to chase the bills and ended up stranded on the road, their vehicle blocking traffic.
The CHP’s Martin said many images and videos were recorded at the scene, and he urged anyone who had retrieved cash to “do the right thing” and turn it in within 48 hours to avoid potential criminal charges. The agency is coordinating with the FBI on the case.
Source: Orange County Register