No one has reported losing money in west Oklahoma City

No one has claimed a lost bag of money and none of the money reportedly found by motorists has been turned in, Oklahoma City police said.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY rmedley@opubco.com Modified: October 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm •  Published: October 25, 2011

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.