Most of loot still missing after armored truck cash spill in NJ

December 18, 2018 - 11:41 am

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- It seems guilt has overcome some of the people who pocketed cash that spilled out of a Brink’s armored truck on Route 3 last week.

Police Capt. Phillip Taormina says five or six people have walked into police headquarters to return money over the past couple of days.

So far $104,580 has been returned to police, according to Taormina, who said there’s $188,955 is still outstanding.

The returnees so far were either racked with guilt or rattled by the fear of prosecution.

“One woman said it was just weighing too much on her conscience,” Taormina said.

Assuming the folks who returned their cash didn’t pocket any, Taormina believes multiple people out there still have the stolen money in their possession.

On Friday, Taormina warned that anyone who holds onto the cash can be arrested.

“The hard part is identifying who the actors are. Who picked up the money and left?” he said.

Nearly $300,000 went flying out of the Brink’s truck following a crash involving another car on Route 3, near Route 17, on Thursday morning.

The truck’s guards were left scrambling to pick up the cash on the roadway as people stopped to take some for themselves.

The incident also caused accidents; one on Route 3 west when someone stopped to pick up bills, and another on Route 3 east as people jumped a divider to score some of the loot.

Cops are asking anyone with information or videos to call 201-438-1065.