US man buys car with USD 150,000 left by ATM workers

Mahwah (New Jersey): One of the two men, who were suspected of fleeing with a bag containing USD 150,000 in cash that was mistakenly left behind by ATM workers, bought an SUV with the money hours later, said police.

Alton Harvey and his accomplice were arrested after a video caught them fleeing with the money mistakenly left by ATM workers. Pic/AP
Alton Harvey and his accomplice were arrested after a video caught them fleeing with the money mistakenly left by ATM workers. Pic/AP 

Alton Harvey, 42, of Hillside, was arrested on Wednesday after police traced a white van that was captured on surveillance video pulling up to the bag of cash that the ATM employees forgot outside a business in Mahwah, in northern New Jersey, on Monday. The video showed a passenger in the van grabbing the bag.

After finding the van, police arrested Harvey. Harvey said he was driving the van and told detectives that a Chevrolet Tahoe was purchased with cash from the bag soon after it was grabbed, Police Chief James Batelli said in a news release. The SUV, which has a starting sticker price of USD 46,000, was parked near the van.

Detectives identified the passenger as Jamar Bludson, 35, of Newark. Police issued a warrant for Bludson, who is also wanted for a probation violation, Batelli said. Harvey was held on USD 125,000 bail, charged with theft of mislaid property.

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