Delaware City Police officers were diving for dollars Monday scattered all across U.S. 23.
The police weren’t participating in a money-grabbing competition, but collecting thousands of dollars found blowing in the median and roadway on U.S. 23, just north of the U.S. 42 split.
At 11 a.m. on Monday, a motorist reported money blowing in the breeze along U.S. 23.
“When an officer responded to the area, not only was there money, but there was an extraordinary amount of money,” Delaware City Police Capt. Bruce Pijanowski said.
Several officers were called to help with the collection efforts. Pijanowski said that officers worked to collect as much as they could and that the department is fairly certain that all the money was recovered.
“We got as much as we possibly could with the elements and the wind,” said Pijanowski, adding that officers were on scene for about an hour. “We’re not sure how long the money was there, but believe we recovered a large chunk of what was there.”
Pijanowski said that police recovered cash amounting to five figures — so anywhere between $10,000 and $99,999. Additional details are not being released at this time in hopes that the money’s owner can identify the large sum of bills.
The typical transport agencies, including bank and Brinks couriers, were contacted, but none were reporting any missing money, Pijanowski said.
One person has made a claim on the money, but police will undergo an investigation to ensure that the money is reunited with its proper owner, Pijanowski said.
“Whether that is going to pan out, we’re not sure at this point,” he said. “It’s not just a phone call and the money is turned over. It will be a pretty intense investigation. Once that person comes in and officially makes a claim, we’ll do an investigation to make sure we do the right thing with the money.
“At this point, we’re waiting to see what interest the media coverage generates, then investigate thoroughly to make sure the right person gets the money.”
In recent memory, this is the largest amount of money that has been lost in Delaware City, Pijanowski said.
“We have people lose money here and there in large amounts, but not this large of an amount,” he said.
One man dropped several hundred dollars on West Winter Street, but a few children helped round it up and get it back to its rightful owner, Pijanowski said.
If anyone has any information about the money, they should contact the Delaware Police Department at 740-203-1111