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Would you snatch cash left from a car wreck?

Crash and grab: Witnesses told police they saw a middle-aged man in a denim jacket snatch cash thrown from this car right out of the street and take off with it on Monday. Crash and grab: Witnesses told police they saw a middle-aged man in a denim jacket snatch cash thrown from this car right out of the street and take off with it on Monday.
Carolyn Wyatt says she would have taken the cash too. Carolyn Wyatt says she would have taken the cash too.
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

A suspect is on the run after witnesses say a car crashed and as much as $200 in cash flew out onto the road.  Police say a man reportedly ran up and took some of the money left after Shannon Slocum flipped her car in a two car accident at the 1600 block of Barksdale Blvd. on Monday.

What would you do? Take the cash or return it? The question sparked a lot of interest our KSLA Facebook page and on ksla.com, so we took to the streets of Bossier City to find out what people would do.

"I'd probably pick it up too," says Lenny Lott. "Everybody needs a dollar man, everybody needs a dollar."

Lott isn't the only one that would supposedly have been tempted to snatch the cash tossed after Slocum flipped her car and landed on the side of the road. Police say there was about $200 in the car.

"I probably would have done the same thing too being as though economics are so hard right now and if I wouldn't have gotten it somebody else may have," says Carolyn Wyatt.

Meanwhile, Robert Tatum says, "I don't know what this world is coming to man. I'm serious."

Dorothy Watson adds, "I would check on the lady. Make sure she's ok, pick up the money and I would turn the money back in."

For the most part people did agree with returning the cash. "I'd probably give it back," says John Dugar.

Phillip Semon agrees, "I'd be concerned with the woman first and concerned about the money later."

But Wyatt thinks otherwise, "I would send her a donation if she's living but I would count that as a blessing."

When asked if she thought Jesus would take the money as well, she says, "No, he definitely would have given the money back. He definitely would have and I hate to sound like this because I'm a Christian but I just have to tell it like it is."

Lott also says he has to tell it how it is, too. "Down and out like that, I would have probably picked it up too."

While Lott and Wyatt say they would snatch the cash, they were in the minority rather than the majority. That's apparently in spite of the fact that, if they had, and police were to catch them, they could face criminal charges.  

"Even though everybody needs a buck and I really do. I would really give the money back," says Watson.

Slocum was taken to the hospital with non-threatening injuries and is expected to be ok. It's not clear how much money the man made off with.  Only about $100 was recovered.

If the man seen taking the money and running on Monday is ever identified, Bossier City spokesperson Mark Natale says he will face a misdemeanor theft charge.

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