Most people dream of winning the lottery, which typically means buying a ticket and waiting to hear the results—unless you happened to be driving in the westbound lane of I-285 in Georgia earlier this week when it began snowing currency.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, unsuspecting drivers were caught in a ‘cash storm’ of epic proportion on Tuesday when an estimated $175,000 spilled out of an armored truck near Ashford Dunwoody Road.
After a side door flew open on the truck, releasing its contents onto the highway, preoccupied motorists immediately pulled over, hopped out of their cars and started clawing their way down the interstate to cash in on the impromptu money storm scattered across the roadway.
The only problem: those caught stealing money from the sky are now facing misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on how much they took.
Although Georgia law states that anything above $1,500 is considered a felony, the Dunwoody Police Department says they are willing to bend the rules for those who come forward with the stolen goods.
But so far, only a few honest citizens have responded to Sgt. Parsons’ offer, one of which was Randrell Lewis, who showed up at the police station with $2,100 in cash.
The remaining highwaymen (and women) are nowhere to be found.
“You need to turn in the property. It doesn’t belong to you,” Sgt. Parsons told AJC.com. “Reality needs to kick in, and you need to realize this money belongs to someone.”
Despite the threat of jail time, Sgt. Parsons admits that police will probably never recover all the money.
“Some of it was gone forever the minute it hit the pavement,” he told AJC.com.
In other words, those caught on film, stuffing wads of cash into their pockets and driving off into the sunset, are now playing Russian roulette with the law and there’s a good chance they’ll never get caught—or will they?