Money that blew out of a bag in west Oklahoma City remains unclaimed, and police say no one has turned in any of the lost cash.
Authorities said the money was scooped up by motorists Monday afternoon. Who lost it remains a mystery.
Motorists driving in both directions on Interstate 40 stopped their vehicles at Meridian Avenue and got out to pick up cash spilled across the area about 2:45 p.m. Monday. A First Fidelity Bank bag apparently burst when it landed in the roadway, releasing the money inside.
Shawn Altebaumer, an Emergency Medical Services Authority paramedic, stopped and picked up the bag.
He turned it over to police with empty money wrappers and a $20 bill.
It is not known how much was lost from the bag or picked up by motorists who stopped.
Altebaumer said that judging by the number of money wrappers and what he saw at the scene he thinks there was more than $30,000 lost from the bag. He saw 20 to 30 people scrambling to pick up money.
First Fidelity Bank President and CEO Lee Symcox said he knows of no money missing from the bank or its customers.
No one has reported finding any money or having lost the money bag, police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said Tuesday.
He said officers don't know where the money came from or the name of the rightful owner.
Knight said anyone who wants to report lost or found money can call 911.
“There is a process people have to go through with filling out a police report, stating they have lost the property in question, and ultimately that would be decided by a judge,” Knight said.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Betsy Randolph said the call was quite unusual for troopers and that those who stopped on a busy interstate to pick up the cash were taking a risk.
“I would hope next time people would be a little more careful getting out on the interstate and trying to grab money,” she said.
Randolph said she hopes people will return the money.