Cash coup: ATM bag containing $11,500 stashed on highway leads to armored truck ransom

The cash was just one mile away, left on the side of the road in a bag, by a Northern California armored truck after it simply made a wrong turn. And the cash grab…

Cash coup: ATM bag containing $11,500 stashed on highway leads to armored truck ransom

The cash was just one mile away, left on the side of the road in a bag, by a Northern California armored truck after it simply made a wrong turn.

And the cash grab is inflating prices, but it’s also costing the department who initially counted it.

Monterey police responded to a call at 1:37 a.m. Monday reporting a bag containing $11,500 had been found. It was found on westbound US Highway 101, just west of Rodriguez Road, according to a Monterey Police Department press release.

Police knew they would be dealing with an ATM robbery, so they alerted the armored truck driver and safely removed the bag. It was simply made a wrong turn into the roadway and only contained cash and coins.

Other people who spotted the dollar bill bag were waiting for it to surface, however, and notified several nearby business. A Kaitron California bar tender decided to move it to a police station for safekeeping.

At 2:40 a.m., a 20-year old man driving a pickup truck passed by the area again. He saw a man in a grey hoodie holding a child in his arms and was suspicious. When the truck driver noticed the trunk lid was open, the man jumped out and ran.

Within three minutes, police lost sight of the suspected robber. Two people, in a nearby vehicle, recognized the person they had earlier spoken to and drove him to a local police station. He was booked at Monterey County Jail on two charges for grand theft and endangering a child.

The first driver of the armored truck, who reported the robbery, returned the bag to its rightful owner.

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