"...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."
The Brink’s Company is an American security and protection company, which could be considered ironic considering what happened on the morning of May 2, 2018.
Those going westbound on I-70 near Holt Road in Indianapolis likely witnessed bags of money falling out onto the interstate as the back door of a Brinks armored truck swung open, allowing hundreds of thousands of dollars to flow free. Authorities on the scene first estimated the total as $600,000, but later stated to reporters at WTTV that the amount wasn’t known.
ISP Corporal Brock McCooe told WTTV it was “sort of 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.”
But it wasn’t just people getting out of their cars. Troopers reported people from the adjacent neighborhood jumping over fences to get their hands on the loose cash. McCooe described the scene as “pretty chaotic,” saying, “I guess it’s not every day you see thousands of dollars just floating around on the interstate during your morning commute.”
Now authorities are asking for those who took the cash to return it. State police spokesman Sgt. John Perrine urged people who collected money to return it and stated that anyone who picked up money could potentially be charged with theft.
Additionally, they’re asking people to provide tips on vehicles or individuals who they suspect took money, stating that they’ve already received tips with the license plate numbers of vehicles who stopped to pick up the money. In particular, police are looking for a school bus driver who stopped to grab cash as well as four individuals who were in a white pickup truck who left with bags of the money.
“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.
Officers blocked traffic so that they could help collect the scattered bills, but there is still an undetermined amount unaccounted for.
It’s unclear whether it was a mechanical or human error that caused the incident. The driver of the Brinks truck told police that he only realized the door had opened when he spotted another driver waving and pointing at the back of his truck.
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