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Local woman sends a strong message to thieves

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — One local woman took a one-of-a-kind approach at alerting her neighbors to crime in her area by creating a flyer. However, this flyer is probably unlike any you’ve seen before.

On Saturday morning, Jelisa Castrodale was on her way to her first-ever weightlifting meet, when she noticed her phone charger was missing. She soon came to realize that, also missing, was her GPS, some change and about $500 worth of workout gear.

“I just basically sat in the middle of the street and freaked out for a minute,” said Castrodale.

Castrodale filed a report with Winston-Salem police, saying the items had been stolen while her SUV was in the parking garage of her apartment, on the corner of Fourth and Broad Streets. But Castrodale, a writer, poured out her anger by doing what she does best.

“It came out in a bout of sheer fury. It was just like Hulk Hogan ripping the shirt off,” said Castrodale.

In a few short paragraphs, Castrodale issued a warning to her neighbors and included some colorful tidbits of personal opinion.

“Some awful excuse of a human (or humans) broke into my locked SUV,” she wrote.

She then listed off the stolen items, including her workout gear, and “boxing gloves, an ancient GPS that will hopefully leave them marooned in the front yard of a serial murderer,” she said. “My phone charger and all of the change from my cupholder (DREAM BIG (EXPLETIVE)).”

Castrodale posted numerous flyers in the surrounding area and they quickly began grabbing peoples’ attention. Some laughed, some pointed out the vulgarities, but it seemed that nobody could stop reading.

Even a police officer commented, saying, “It’s memorable. I doubt the city wants everyone to do this after their car gets broken into, but I’m not going to rip it down right now.”

Castrodale even included a special message for the culprits.

“ATTENTION ROBBERS: If you’re reading this – assuming that you can read or that someone is reading it to you – watch your filthy backs. Just because you stole my boxing gloves doesn’t mean that I’m not capable of punching you so hard that you’ll be [expletive] tooth enamel for the next month,” she wrote.

Castrodale says she realizes the chance of her stuff being returned is slim, but for her, the flyer was her way of “taking a bite out of crime.”

Winston-Salem police say there have been 239 auto break-ins in the last 30 days. That’s compared to 210 in the same time period in 2013.


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