The FBI demanded that drivers in a freeway cash grab return the money after an armored truck dumped thousands of dollars on the road.
AUTHORITIES are requesting that anyone who took money from an armored truck that spewed onto a freeway return the bills.
Drivers jumped out of their cars to grab bundles of bills after thousands of dollars flew onto the road near Carlsbad, California, according to video posted to TikTok.
However, the FBI and the California Highway Patrol are now on the lookout for those who took the dollar bills, as stealing government property is a crime.
“If anyone picked up the cash, we ask that you bring it to the office in Vista immediately,” a California Highway Patrol spokesman told Fox 5.
“I just wanted to let everyone know that there is a lot of video evidence,” she said.
People have 48 hours to return the money or face “potential criminal charges.”
Officials say two people have been arrested so far.
The driver of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation truck attempted to retrieve the cash at first before realizing his efforts were futile.
“People get the wrong idea,” attorney Greg Wiseman told Fox 5, “they think ‘finders keepers,’ they think ‘possession is nine-tenths of a law,’ but that’s not the law.”
Drivers can be seen running around, picking up bills and showing off their loot in footage shot on the side of the road.
“This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” one woman says in the video.
“San Diego has literally shut down.”
People have the wrong idea; they believe in ‘finders keepers,’ and they believe that ‘possession is nine-tenths of the law,’ but this is not the case.
When traffic came to a halt, another witness, Travis Fisher, told Fox 5 that he thought there had been an accident.
“There were a bunch of cars in front of me that all stopped, came to a complete stop,” he explained.
“I see all these items floating around and realize they’re all money.”
“It was a little out of control.”
“There was a sea of bills everywhere,” says the narrator.
He thinks there was a lot of money on the road.
CHP officers arrived on the scene at 10 a.m. and began directing traffic off the highway.
They were seen stowing cash in plastic bags.
It’s unclear how the truck’s doors opened or how much cash was taken.
Cops are now demanding that anyone who has taken money from the road immediately return it.
“If you found money on the freeway, it is not your money,” CHP Sergeant Martin said.
“The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation), this armored truck, and the bank are all owned by the FDIC.”
“It’s time to hand it back.”
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