Cash causes backup on Beacon Boulevard

Tribune Staff • Apr 26, 2019 at 2:40 PM

An overturned box of cash — allegedly containing $30,000 — lead to a traffic backup on Beacon Boulevard just south of Coho Drive late Thursday night. 

According to Grand Haven Department of Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke, police responded to a traffic complaint around 9 p.m. 

“The investigation revealed that motorists were stopping to pick up paper currency that had been strewn in the roadway,” Hawke said in a press release. 

Officers temporarily closed the lanes to traffic and, with the assistance of witnesses, collected as much money as they could find. 

The owner of the cash arrived soon after, telling officers that he was carrying approximately $30,000 cash in a cardboard box. He told police he inadvertently left the box of cash on the bumper of his truck, and the box fell off into the roadway as he was driving north on Beacon Boulevard just south of the drawbridge. 

Hawke said officers and witnesses collected $2,470 from the road and surrounding area. 

“Anyone that picked up money is asked to turn it in at the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety,” Hawke said. “All money has been removed and treasure hunters are directed not to stop or walk in traffic lanes or any area that would pose a risk.” 

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