Traffic came to a stop on California’s Interstate 5 morning after an armored car happened to spill cash across the freeway, just north of San Diego. Several drivers and passengers jumped out of their vehicles to grab what they could. But the police want it all back.
The armored car was traveling north along the I-5 in Carlsbad at about 9:15 a.m. when one of the doors unexpectedly swung open and bags of cash flew out. Cars parked on the shoulder and in the middle of the road, as motorists and passengers raced to collect the bills — mostly $1s and $20s — littered across the ground, The San Diego Union Tribune reported.
But the California Highway Patrol is warning those who seized the moment to turn the cash in.
“I highly suggest to anybody that picked up cash out here — it’s not your cash, so turn it in immediately to the CHP office in Vista,” CHP Sgt. Curtis Martin told reporters.
Two people were arrested at the scene for allegedly collecting what they could, and others turned in what they had collected, the Tribune reported.
Videos across social media show plenty of people scooping up handfuls of cash along the freeway.
Martin told reporters that these videos captured faces and license plates during the event and the CHP are working with the FBI to identify those who may not have turned the money in.
The armored car was transporting the money from San Diego to a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. office, possibly in either Los Angeles or Orange County. The freeway reopened around 11 a.m.
Drivers scrambled to grab cash after bags of money fell out of an armored truck on a Southern California freeway, authorities said.
The incident occurred shortly before 9:15 a.m. on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad as the truck was heading from San Diego to an office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., authorities said.
“One of the doors popped open and bags of cash fell out,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Curtis Martin said.
Several bags broke open, spreading money — mainly $1 and $20 bills — all over the lanes and bringing the freeway to a chaotic halt, Martin said.
Video posted online showed some people laughing and leaping as they held wads of cash.
Two people were arrested at the scene, and Martin warned that any others who are found to have taken the money could face criminal charges. He noted there was plenty of video taken by bystanders at the scene and that the CHP and FBI were investigating.
Anyone who took money was urged to bring it to the CHP office in Vista.
Authorities didn’t immediately say how much money was lost. However, at least a dozen people had returned money they collected to the CHP by Friday afternoon, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
“People are bringing in a lot,” Martin said. “People got a lot of money.”
The freeway was reopened shortly before 11 a.m.