I think it’s so wrong to play the victim. There’s too many brave women out there that just won’t even tolerate it, you know? – Elisha Cuthbert

alena gadkeTaking responsibility for our own lives and the things that are important to us is not a new idea and it demonstrates of kind of rugged individualism that strengthens society.

While not everyone has the kind of intestinal fortitude shown by Alena, she reminds us how powerful we can be, and that there really is nobody who takes our personal concerns and needs as seriously as we, ourselves do.

Alena’s sense of urgency gave her an edge. She engaged her God-given brain, did some Awesome cyber-sleuthing and voila’. It took some effort on her part but she accomplished what many believe only the “authorities” could accomplish. How fortunate is her husband, family and friends to have someone like her in their corner.

25-year-old Alena wasn’t going to take a chance that she’d never see her dress again.

When Alena Gadke of Chippewa Falls, WI, was notified that someone had broken into the storage facility she used to safeguard some of her valuables, the last thing she wanted to find out is that her wedding gown had been taken.

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The break-ins had already been reported to authorities, and with a population just under 14,000 the police were fairly confident that finding the thieves wouldn’t be too much trouble. But 25-year-old Alena wasn’t going to take a chance that she’d never see her dress again.

That night she went online, and after a quick search she found her dress listed for sale on Craigslist. Gadke and the Craigslist seller racked up 40 text and voice mails, and finally agreed to meet in a Chippewa Falls parking lot.

Alena notified police where and when the meeting was set up so they could be on hand to apprehend the seller. Alena’s determined actions paid off not only for her but for the others who had been ripped off by the dress thief.  It turns out that there were three thieves in all: a 16-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy and a 23-year-old man, who all confessed to multiple thefts.


The Blaze: “THAT is how Americans do things! Pull up the boot straps and take the bad guys down! Just bring the cops in for the arrest.” – tgp42rhr   “Now this woman is someone I would love to have over for coffee and call a friend. This country needs more strong women, like her” – tuffenough   “This gal did the right thing by taking matters into her own hands. The police consider these low level crimes and unless a thief comes up and bites them on the butt, they do little creative detective work.” – pavnvet

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