CARLSBAD, Calif. — Two people were arrested Friday after an armored truck spilled bagsSome motorists made a mad dash to get the cash.
Two bags of cash were found in an armored truck headed to the Federal Reserve by a local bank. It was carrying two bags after it popped open a door on northbound I-5 near Cannon Rd.
Cash was scattered along the southbound and northbound lanes. This caused a huge backup on the northbound side, as drivers stopped to park on the shoulder.
California Highway Patrol (CHP), which said that several social media videos showed people picking up cash on the freeway and that they were working with the FBI for an investigation. CHP stated that the armored truck driver attempted to recover some money from lanes, but then began videotaping people.
CHP Sgt. Curtis Martin agreed.
The police did not release any details on the amount of money that they believe was in the vehicle.
Martin stated that two people were arrested by police after locking themselves out of their cars accidentally, blocking traffic lanes. Martin stated that two individuals were arrested on suspicion of cash laundering, and an investigation is ongoing.
Martin stated that two suspects were arrested on the spot. Martin stated that the two suspects had locked their car in an accident, blocking traffic lanes. Officers arrived to find them still there. They are now in custody.
According to CHP, many people who stopped to take the money immediately returned it to them. CHP released photos of those they claim are being questioned by FBI and CHP.
CHP indicated that they could pursue people who take cash from the scene and do not return it. CHP asks anyone who takes money from the scene of an accident to return it within 48 hours to the CHP office in Vista or call 858-637-3800 for assistance.
This story was first published by Mark Saunders at Scripps station KGTV in San Diego.