$100,000 drops from van in Upper St. Clair

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More than $100,000 went missing Wednesday after the doors of a bank courier van popped open in Upper St. Clair, prompting people to gather in a frenzy as cash flew through the wind.

Police Lt. James Englert said people had pulled over to the side of the road and were scrambling to grab bills when officers arrived near the intersection of Route 19 and Boyce Road about 1 p.m.

Some of the booty was blowing about.

Just moments earlier, another driver had flagged down the driver of the van owned by Fidelity Courier Services in Sharon, Pa., to tell him his back doors had flown open and he was dropping cash onto the roadway.

Officers collected about $400, but several plastic bags of cash totaling "well into six figures" remained missing Wednesday night, Lt. Englert said.

People who don't return the dough could face theft charges.

"This is not a free-for-all situation," Lt. Englert said. "Obviously, this money is ... bank property."

Police intend to give people who might not have realized what was happening a reasonable amount of time to "come to their senses" and return the missing cash, Lt. Englert said.

The courier company is offering a reward to anyone who returns the money, police said.

In the meantime, police are asking anyone who might have seen the flying cash or have taken photos or video of the chaos to contact them at 412-833-7500.

Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438.


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