YouTuber rigs glitter and fart-spray bomb to catch porch pirates

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Rober was able to catch - and surprise - several crooks. The glitter starts flying around the 4:00 minute mark of the video.

The former NASA engineer-turned-YouTube star has received plaudits online after designing a booby trap to avenge all those who've fallen victim to a new wave of neighborhood crime: doorstep delivery theft.

After a package was stolen from outside his home, a fed-up Mark Rober took matters into his own hands.

"If you've ever been in a situation like this, you just sort of feel violated", Rober said, "and I took this to the police, and even with the video evidence, they said it's just not worth their time to look into - so you also feel powerless".

It shows how Rober connected four phones to a GPS-connected circuit board inside an Apple box.

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This is when he decided he would create a device, disguised as an Apple Homepod, that would only be activated when thieves hacked into its surrounding package. Once removed from a home by a would-be thief, the geo-tracking would alert Rober while also triggering the phones to begin recording and uploading footage to the cloud.

A security camera still frame of one of the thieves stealing the camera trap bait package.The camera trap capturing one of the thieves getting blasted by fart spray. Just in case the thief wanted to keep the glitter bomb, he equipped it with a fart spray mechanism that sprays the gas smell five times every 30 seconds.

As Rober points out, if any of the thieves had bothered to check the (fake) shipping label they'd have seen the "HomePod" was being delivered from Kevin McCallister to Harry and Marv.

The video already has over 7 million views, as of Tuesday morning.

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