Armored truck spills money on California freeway, sparking cash-grab frenzy

An armored truck dropped a substantial amount of cash onto a freeway in Carlsbad, California, inflicting a major guests jam as motorists hopped out of their autos to scoop up the funds — nonetheless authorities say drivers must return the money or face attainable jail prices.

Shortly sooner than 9:15 a.m. Friday, the California Freeway Patrol, or CHP, began getting 911 calls about cash scattered all through part of Interstate 5 near Cannon Freeway.

CHP and the FBI, which are investigating, said quite a few people purchased out of their autos to chase after the money.

“A lot of the motorists returned the money immediately to the officers; however, there have been motorists observed driving from the scene with stolen money,” they said in a joint assertion. “The CHP want to thank these motorists who’ve already returned money to their native CHP office and remind most of the people to do the correct issue and return any money they found on the freeway.”

Authorities said motion pictures and pictures which have been posted on social media recorded people’s faces and autos’ license plate numbers. The businesses launched quite a few pictures displaying people scooping up the funds.

In a single {photograph}, a girl sporting a grey hoodie is seen laughing as she holds a wad of cash in her arm. Completely different pictures launched by authorities have been show grabs taken from an Instagram video posted by the well being influencer Demi Bagby.

“That’s basically probably the most insane issue I’ve ever seen,” Bagby says inside the video, which she shared collectively along with her better than 2 million followers. “Any individual dropped money in every single place within the freeway.”

As Bagby pans the digital digital camera, people are seen grabbing cash from the highway.

Bagby did not immediately reply to a request for comment Saturday.

The CHP and the FBI said Friday that anyone who took money should return it inside 48 hours “to have the ability to stay away from a potential jail price.”