- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

FRONTENAC, Mo. (AP) - Money doesn’t grow on trees but rather it rains in Frontenac, where people passing through this week collected cash that landed on their windshields and fell to the street.

Drivers on Wednesday afternoon pulled over their vehicles to scoop up the money, including $100 bills, after a purse apparently flew off the top of a car, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1Eo6WaQ ) reported.

A woman who retrieved the bag dropped it off at a nearby St. Louis store, where employees tried to contact the purse’s owner but couldn’t find a phone number for her. They notified Frontenac police Thursday, and an officer stopped by to pick up the bag and the money that had been turned in thus far.

Mark Forrest said he was leaving a dentist office when a $100 bill landed on his vehicle’s windshield. A few seconds before it happened, he had noticed a yellow vehicle pulled to the side of the busy road and the driver stuffing his pockets.

As he looked around, green pieces of paper were flying around the highway, and motorists were stopping, fetching what they could and moving on.

He gathered $601 himself and later learned from a receptionist at the dentist office about the purse being turned in at the St. Louis store called Forshaw, where he dropped off his newfound treasure.

The store’s owner, Joe Forshaw, said some of the bills had flown onto the parking lot, where an employee collected some bills.

“In Frontenac, the streets are paved with green,” he said.

Police have declined to answer questions about whether others have come forward with money or if any charges could be filed. It’s unknown if the woman and her purse have been reunited.

“As the incident in question is a new and ongoing investigation, we cannot release the report at this time,” police spokesman Gary McDaniel said in an email Friday.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com


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