Busted: Best of the blotters

by Amy Kingsley

Believing everything you read

A disgruntled former employee of a Greensboro trucking company vented his frustration by posting a menacing message on Craigslist on May 21, prompting a police investigation that exposed the threat as a hoax less than 24 hours later. The message, which was written like a press release, detailed a shooting rampage that was supposed to begin at 5 a.m. the next day: “In all thirteen people died including the gunman. Five were injured, three of those are in critical condition at Moses Cone Hospital, one is in intensive care at NC Baptist Hospital,” he wrote. He urged readers to stay tuned to local news for more about the story. Police identified the author and the intended target and are continuing their investigation.

Filing a claim

A Hispanic male driving a 2007 Honda Civic crashed his vehicle and two passengers into a Nationwide Insurance building on Indiana Avenue in Winston-Salem on May 21. The collision, which happened in the middle of the afternoon, flushed two employees from the building and caused more than $100,000 in damage. The driver and two passengers fled on foot but were apprehended by Winston-Salem police a short time later. Officers also seized two firearms from the vehicle. Investigators do not believe alcohol played a role in the crash, which did not cause any serious injuries.

Missing the point

Three black males approached Curtis Joel Delgado, 33, at a payphone on Akron Drive in Winston-Salem early on the morning of May 23, struck him in the head with an unknown object and robbed him. They took the cash from his wallet and his cell phone. His cell phone. Which must have run out of batteries. One of the suspects wore a black shirt and the other two wore white T-shirts. Citizens with information about the crime are encouraged to call the Winston-Salem Police Department or Crimestoppers.