Armored Van Loses Thousands in Upper St. Clair

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Did you find a few extra dollar bills blowing in the wind near Route 19? Don’t worry, we won’t tell.

Shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, bags of cash came flying out of the back of an armored courier van transporting money from bank to bank in Upper St. Clair.

A passing motorist alerted two employees inside the vehicle that the van's rear door was open and contents were falling from the vehicle. But the warning was too late.

A crowd had even congregated near the intersection of Route 19 and Boyce Road where the money rained down onto the roadway. Many of the people were grabbing the cash and taking off.

"Unfortunately only $400 was retrieved out of a significant amount of money," Upper St. Clair police Lt. James Englert said. "We're talking well into six figures."

Upper St. Clair police are now working to retrieve the lost cash, which WPXI-TV reported could be as high as $200,000. They would like anyone who observed anything to call and provide information. And for those who took the cash, they would like them to return the money.

"Technically this is a theft, but under these circumstances we are willing to give people the benefit of the doubt," Englert said. "This was a very confusing situation. It's not everyday you have U.S. currency swirling in the wind ahead of you."

Those who can help are asked to call the  at 412-833-7500.

This story originally appeared on Upper St. Clair Patch.


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