Anybody who has ever found money on the floor will know that mixed feeling of sheer joy. Part of you is grateful to the money Gods for making it happen, and another part of you feels a slight twinge of guilt for taking something that you didn’t earn. Ultimately the latter sensation is overridden by our inherent human love of shiny things and free cash.
So when $600,000 flew out of the back of an armored truck on the I-70 in Indianapolis, it was like a scene from every person’s wildest dreams.
You have to see it to believe it…
The chaos began at 9 AM on May 2, as the Brinks truck traveled westbound on the I-70. For some, yet unknown, reason bags of money began to fall from the rear of the truck littering the highway.
“[It was like] something out of a movie scene, where you have bills, loose bills flying all over the interstate, vehicles stopping, people getting out of their cars,” explains ISP Corporal Brock McCooe.
Unsurprisingly, people began to swipe the loose cash. But it wasn’t just passersby that came to the scene, upon hearing of the incident, people from nearby neighborhoods began to flock to the scene.
“I guess it’s not every day you see thousands of dollars just floating around on the interstate during your morning commute,” McCooe said. “So it was pretty chaotic.”
Initially, troopers stated that $600,000 had been taken from the scene, but they have since announced that the sum of stolen cash is yet unknown.
Meanwhile, they are making it clear that taking any money from the scene is considered a crime. They are currently searching for several suspects who shall be charged with theft if they don’t return the money.
On their hit list is a school bus driver who grabbed cash before fleeing the scene and the driver of a white pickup truck who picked up an entire bag of cash before making a dash for it.
“If you’re willing to, in good conscience, turn it back in, there’s amnesty, there’s no real questions asked if you’re willing to give it back,” McCooe said.
Now, that’s what you call a catch-22! Would you return it? Or would you take your chances?