When it comes to crimes, a majority of people turn to emergency services for help. After all, that’s what they are there for. And professionals should usually be called, given the severity of the situation.
But in some cases, the victim would rather deal with it themselves. Especially if it involves their own property.
Krisy Castro had gone outside her Milwaukee home one morning this month to warm her car up, a given since the cold weather recently has been anything but forgiving. She had also taken her two dogs outside, and took them back inside while the car was still running.
Then, she heard something.
“Not even a minute later, I hear my car backing up in the driveway,” she told TMJ4. It had been just seconds since she returned inside, only to hear the revving of her car’s engine.
She ran outside to see her car speeding off down the road. In a situation like this, one would be expected to call the police and let them try to find the car while on patrol.
But this woman knew she couldn’t wait for that.
So, she went after her vehicle.
Castro ran down her car, catching up to the carjacker at a stoplight.
“I open the door, and I look at him, and I’m like, ‘Give me my car,'” she said.
Castro had no idea how dangerous this man could’ve been, or if he had a weapon or not. But the only thing that was on her mind was getting her car back. If the man thought this would be an easy getaway, he was in for a shock once Castro opened the door.
This prompted him to hit the gas, and he kept going even as Castro hung on to the side of the car.
Eventually, she fell off, and the car got away.
Castro had no choice but to return home, but once she did, the woman didn’t waste any time posting on Facebook, asking her family and friends to look out for her car. Hopefully, the thief wouldn’t have gotten far.
Hours later, she got a call from her uncle.
“I just spotted your car,” he told her.
Castro’s method of posting to her peers had worked, and led straight to her automobile. When she found it, it was parked, but empty; Castro’s resilience probably scared off the perpetrator.
So much, in fact, that he left his jacket, some drugs, and two phones inside her car.
And naturally, Castro handed them over to the police. Not only had she gotten her car back, fully intact, but she got the last laugh as well.
“I don’t know what gave him the courage, but I’m sure he’s regretting it now,” she said.
Now that she has her car again, she doesn’t plan on letting something like this occur anymore.
“I’m getting a remote and an alarm and possibly a club,” she said.
These tools will certainly prevent this from happening again, though even if it did, Castro would have no problem hunting someone down like she did in this situation.
One must wonder if Castro would’ve gotten her car back that quickly, if at all, had she not chased down the perpetrator.
But in reality, the authorities should be called in any case where a car is stolen. You never know if the carjacker is dangerous, and is someone that you can’t take on all by yourself.
Luckily, in this case, Castro was too much for the man to handle, and she got her car back in one piece.