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Cash flies out of armored car in Baltimore, cops want "collectors" to pay up

BALTIMORE -- Police say drivers who picked up the cash that an armored truck accidentally dropped on a Baltimore roadway Wednesday night have until Saturday to turn themselves in, or face charges, according to CBS Baltimore.

During a trip through the city's Harbor Tunnel, the rear doors to an armored Brinks truck flew open, spilling cash in the path of drivers traveling behind. Police are reportedly calling the incident a door malfunction.

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) quickly blocked off both ends of the tunnel so they retrieved most of the fallen money -- but not all of it.

MDTA Police say cameras inside the tunnel captured parts of the incident, which will help them to identify those drivers who took cash, if needed.

"I think it's important that people realize there are cameras in the tunnel," said Sgt. Jonathan Green, Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

Sgt. Green says MDTA and the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office are offering immunity to those who snatched the cash, as long as they contact the MDTA Police and hand it over by 5 p.m. Saturday.

If not, they're reportedly facing theft charges -- possibly even more serious charges, depending on how much cash they took.

Police say the exact dollar amount of what's still missing is not available because of the ongoing investigation.