A 19-year-old woman who found a flannel shirt on her car window fears it could be a ploy used by kidnappers.
Ashley Hardacre was leaving work at a mall in Flint, Michigan on February 15 when she spotted the shirt tangled around her windshield wiper after she got into her car.
She said she noticed two cars hovering near her vehicle, almost as if they were waiting which made her suspicious.
She took to Facebook to warn others about the possible tactic, writing: ‘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.
‘Instead of trying to remove it, I drove away and rolled down her window at a safe location to pull the shirt 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.’
Because she saw the posts and heeded her parents’ warnings, she knew to pull over to a safe area to roll down her window to remove the shirt.
She ended the Facebook status: ‘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.’
Local police saw Hardacre’s post, which has now accumulated more than 95,000 shares, and are investigating the incident.
Flint Township Police Detective Sergeant Brad Wangler told CBS News: ‘Nothing like this has ever happened before.’