During a police chase after the armed robbery of a Bank of America branch Wednesday, one of the suspects threw money from the sport utility vehicle.
Three armed men held up the bank, then jumped into a stolen vehicle driven by a fourth man, who led police on a winding getaway through the San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena, downtown Los Angeles and south Los Angeles.
Along the way, money was tossed to passersby, including Gary Cabral, 25, who was waiting for a bus.
"I saw money flying in the air and I was like, 'Let's go get it,'" he told the Los Angeles Times, adding he grabbed five $1 bills.
The chase ended when the vehicle was trapped by crowds that descended on the scene in south Los Angeles after following it on television and radio, the newspaper said.
Authorities have not said how much money was stolen, but announced three of the four suspects were apprehended, and have asked the public to turn in any found money.
The cash is "Part of an ongoing investigation. We're urging people to do the right thing," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.