SKOKIE, Ill. (CBS) – What would you do if a lot of money – practically legal US tenders – fell right under your feet?
A couple of high school students in Skokie recently stumbled across some cold, hard cash fresh from an armored truck. CBS 2’s Steven Graves set out to meet honest students who made money.
In a day in Skokie – like money growing on trees and falling like falling leaves.
“What a wind – literally, the money is floating in the air!” Zev Goldstein said.
Goldstein and his friends are walking from Thursday morning breakfast outside Fasman Yeshiva High School, at 7135 Carpenter Rd. in Skokie, when the grass is getting greener.
“There are tons of money – hundreds of 20s just lying on the ground in this area floating in the bushes.”
“I thought, whose is this? Where does this come from? Coby Kamish added.
Kamish realized something was amiss. He tried to give cash to a man in the distance who was hurrying to get it.
“And he said, ‘Just keep it!’ I was like, ‘Strange, why did he say keep it?’ “
It turned out that the man was the guy who was picking money.
“And then we looked across the street and saw the armored truck,” said Kamish.
Across Touhy Avenue in the Village Crossing shopping mall, there’s a Bank of America ATM where the bank says somehow a third-party vendor left the money out of the armored truck.
“Because of how strong the wind was, it was useless,” says Goldstein. “We just gave up.”
He said the students recovered an estimated $790, which is now in police hands.
“I think the right thing is to give it back to p[people that actually, it’s their money,” Kamish said.
But there was a fleeting feeling that these young men won’t soon forget.
“This is the best day of my life, initially,” Goldstein said. “Yeah, I wish it could happen a second time.”
Skokie police said this is an active investigation – so they cannot say how much money was found, or if they are looking at surveillance footage. But they do say they are thankful for these teens’ honesty, and wanted to make sure it was recognized.