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People return thousands of dollars to police after armored truck spilled cash on highway

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Maybe it’s guilt, or fear of prosecution, but cash taken from an armored truck spill on I-285 is slowly trickling into the Dunwoody Police Department.

As of Thursday morning, six people have returned about $4,400 in loose bills that flew off the truck when its side door came open Tuesday night, according to Dunwoody police. That’s only a fraction of the more than 50 people police think took advantage of the “cash storm.”

And it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the estimated $175,000 missing from the GardaWorld truck.

Videos shared to social media showed a line of cars stopped on the side of the interstate at Ashford Dunwoody Road as their occupants grabbed at the flying bills. Some got huge piles of cash.

“Ones, fives, fifties, you name it; it was in there,” police spokesman Sgt. Robert Parsons said.

Dunwoody police have urged people to return the money as they consider it stolen. Anyone who does not make an effort to return lost or mislaid property to its owner could be charged with theft, Parsons said.

“The law is the law,” he told AJC.com. “You need to turn in the property. It doesn’t belong to you. Reality needs to kick in, and you need to realize this money belongs to someone.”

Parsons said he understands that some money grabbers may have been caught up in the excitement, and police are extending a little grace. Anyone who returns the cash will not be charged.

Randrell Lewis returned $2,100 he took on Wednesday afternoon. He told Channel 2 Action News his conscience got the best of him.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s ‘finders keepers,'” he said. “Once you know that it belonged to someone, you can’t really keep it.”

The Dunwoody Police Department is accepting returns 24/7.

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