A Michigan teen is warning others about a possible kidnapping tactic after finding a shirt on the windshield of her car.
Ashley Hardacre, 19, was leaving her job at a Flint, Michigan mall on Feb. 15, when she noticed a flannel shirt tangled around her windshield, the Daily Mail reported.
Hardacre said she noticed two vehicles hovering around her car, which made her suspicious. She took to Facebook to warn others.
“I got to my car and locked the doors behind me immediately as I always do and noticed that there was a blue flannel shirt on my windshield. There were two cars near me and one was running so I immediately felt uneasy and knew I couldn’t get out to get it off.
At first I thought maybe someone had just thrown it on my car for some odd reason. I used my windshield wipers to try to get them off but the shirt was completely wrapped around my wiper blade.
I had seen posts lately about people finding things under their windshield wipers in the Burton/Flint area as an attempt to get girls out of their cars and distracted.
Luckily I knew better than to remove the shirt with cars around me so I drove over to a place where I was safe and quickly rolled down my window and got the shirt off. I don’t know why the shirt was on my car but it had to have been intentional the way it was put on there.
I really can’t think of another reason as to why someone would put it on my car.”
“I’m so glad my parents had informed me that it was happening in our area, I just never thought it would potentially happen to my car,” Hardacre added.
The 19-year-old’s post was shared more than 100,000 times since it was posted on Feb. 16, and got the attention of local police, who were at a loss to explain to the incident.
“Nothing like this has ever happened before,” Flint Township Police Detective Sergeant Brad Wangler told CBS News. “There have been no other incidences like this.”
Meanwhile, Hardacre says she hopes her story will help raise awareness about the potential kidnapping tactic.
“It is something that you never expect that would ever happen to you or someone would ever try to harm you in any way, but I was just so shocked,” Hardacre told WHSV. “And now, I’m kind of past the scared, I’m more of — I want other people to know that it is, you know, something that can happen to them.”