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YouTuber gets 'Home Alone' style revenge on package-stealing thieves

YouTuber gets 'Home Alone' style revenge on package-stealing thieves

In a video posted on his channel, the 38-year-old, who helped design the USA space agency's Curiosity Rover, said his engineering experience left him well-placed to "take a stand" after dismissive police left him feeling "powerless".

As many as 30 percent of Americans say they've suffered from missing or stolen delivery orders, according to a survey by Xfinity Home, Comcast's home security service.

Mark Rober, who worked for Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for nine years, said in a YouTube video that he spent six months building a "glitter bomb revenge package" after someone stole a parcel from his porch in May.

Rober had a package stolen from his doorstep.

All that glitters is not gold for package thieves if they run afoul of Mark Rober's booby-trapped device. A Global Positioning System tracker in the phones would let him know where a package ultimately ended up. And not just any regular glitter bomb, the box was equipped with four phones to capture the reaction of the thieves when they open the package and track their location as well.

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Rober created a device that would spray thieves with glitter and fart spray upon opening the package.

It contains a Global Positioning System to track the package, four smartphones to record everything that happens, a motorised cup filled with fine glitter which spins when opened, and a can of fart spray which is released five times every thirty seconds.

When a package thief strikes, the box's built-in accelerometer sends a Global Positioning System signal to Rober (so he knows where it's going) and activates a quartet of phones that take video of the next few moments. To top it off, the fart spray is programmed to emit gross odors five times, which prompts package thieves to immediately toss it. Remember the great way he foiled the robberies of Harry and Marv?

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

He said in the video, "The moral of the story is, just don't take other peoples' stuff".

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