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In this case money flies off the roof, not out the door

You’ve been there. Hands full as you load up the car, you stick the coffee mug on the roof, jump in and roll out. At worst, the mug shatters. The coffee spills.

And then there’s this guy:

A clerk set out to make a bank deposit about 5:45 a.m. Thursday from a store on Ritchie Highway in Anne Arundel County. He placed a bag “containing a large amount of cash” on top of his sport-utility vehicle and pulled away, he told Maryland State Police as he asked for help in trying to find it.

By 6 a.m., when a trooper arrived at northbound Interstate 97 near Route 100, there was no sign of the bag. The police news release said the employee worked for “a convenience store.” It also said the missing bag is light red and marked with “7-11.”

Were state police skeptical?

Oh, yes, and they considered “all possibilities,” state police spokesman Greg Shipley said. But troopers found witnesses who saw money “fluttering down the road” about that time, and so they deemed it a credible report, Shipley said. The amount of money in the bag was in “five figures,” Shipley said.

Unlikely as it seems, there may be a trend brewing.

Back in March, about 40 motorists pulled to the side of Interstate 270 in Montgomery County to help themselves to cash from two plastic bags that fell out of the unsecured door of an armored car. About $5,800 was lost in that incident, reports at the time said. About $100 was returned after pleas for help and offers of amnesty.

Most of the armored car money is gone, Shipley said. “Troopers got to that scene in less than 20 minutes, too, and there were only coins left on the ground.”

If you found the Anne Arundel bank bag or might have recovered some of the cash, you are asked to contact Maryland State Police at the Glen Burnie Barrack at 410-761-5130.

Mary Pat Flaherty works on investigative and long-range stories. Her work has won numerous national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.

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