DUNWOODY, Ga. — An armored car westbound on I-285 truly made it rain July 9.
While making its usual rounds, a Garda security vehicle pulled onto the shoulder near Ashford Dunwoody Road. While parked, the vehicle’s side door malfunctioned and two large bags of money spilled out an estimated $175,000 in cash, Dunwoody Police Department’s Sgt. Robert Parsons said. When the two bags fell out of the truck, the cash went “airborne,” Parsons said.
Videos from WSB TV and different citizens’ videos on social media show dozens of people picking up cash from the middle of the highway. But police are asking citizens to return that money and do the right thing. So far six people have returned a total of $4,400 to police.
Police could knock on doors and try to find people through license plates found on the social media videos, Parsons said, but that’s unlikely.
“It was illegal to take it,” he said. “We certainly understand that at the end of the day there will be a lot of money that isn’t returned, and it just is what it is.”
Luckily, no one got hurt during the 10 minute scramble, Parsons said, and by the time police arrived on scene, the people picking up money were gone and police grabbed up what was left of the cash.
Garda is conducting an internal investigation into what exactly happened that caused the car to pull over and the door to malfunction, Parsons said. The Crier has reached out to Garda for comment, but have not yet received a reply.
Garda has not yet said whether the money lost was insured or to whom it belonged. Police suspect there are still dozens of people who have not returned their share of the cash.