This Man’s Epic Ploy to Catch Package Thieves Red-Handed Is the Ultimate Act of Vigilante Justice

Mark Rober was one of the 11 million Americans who fell victim to package theft, but unlike most victims, he had a plan for when the robbers tried to strike again.

Rober was first alerted to the package thieves by his home security system. He knew a package had been listed as delivered, but it never arrived. He checked his home security footage and found that a couple had stolen it right off his front step.

“If you’ve ever been in a situation like this, you just sort of feel violated,” said Rober.

When he brought the security footage to the police, he was told it was not “worth their time” to investigate a package theft, leaving Rober feeling “powerless.”

Being an engineer who worked on the Mars rover, Rober decided there had to be a better way to get revenge on the thieves.

So he got to work building an epic device that would, if nothing else, ruin the day of the package thief while on camera.

Rober built a decoy package.

Inside the package, he placed four cameras and a tracking device so that he could catch the thieves in the act.

But as Rober already knew, the camera footage wasn’t going to do anything for him. So he decided to have some fun with it. He created a sensor that would trigger a cloud of fine glitter to douce the thief.

And just to make sure that the glitter wasn’t the only thing they would have to deal with, he also had the sensor trigger the release of a “fart spray” stink bomb.

All Rober had to do next was wait for the package to be stolen — and hilarity ensued.

Several thieves were covered head to toe in glitter only to be sprayed with a stink bomb.


Rober had so much fun with his vigilante justice that he even lent the device to his neighbor so that she could hit her package thieves, as well.

Hopefully, these thieves will take this experience as a reminder that bad things happen to bad people.

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Emily Hulsey

Love the justice factor here. I do wonder, though, how much money he spent on this.


This gave me a good laugh. Well done!

Lizzie Helmer

Can all of my Amazon packages have this please?

Madison Summers

This is a very clever way to play a prank on those who stole his packages, especially around the holiday season.

Rocky Drummond

With so many people receiving packages from their on-line purchases, architects need to build storage boxes into walls just like the old milk boxes. Drivers can be given access codes on their delivery lists.

Olivia Masterson
Olivia Masterson

LOVE it! Maybe that will teach them a lesson.

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