With the holidays just around the corner, millions of packages are arriving on doorsteps across America. This influx of gifts is also the perfect opportunity for thieves to take said gifts from said doorsteps.
These so-called “porch pirates” go around neighborhoods looking for packages left unattended. A porch pirate will monitor to see which families don’t appear to be home, then they loot the front porch, taking any package they choose.
One man in Riverside, California, was sick of losing his family’s packages to theft—and so came up with a clever way to stop it from happening.
“Since we’ve lived at this house we’ve had three packages stolen,” Mike Zaremba told CBSLA.com.
Zaremba and his wife had recently hosted several dogs at their house in honor of their Great Dane’s birthday. Zaremba decided to pick up all the “land mines” the dogs left behind and place the turds inside a USPS box. Then, in a sort-of reverse game of “Ding, Dong, Ditch,” he sealed it up and left it outside his front door.
The bait worked; the thief stole the box off the front porch. And, as police report, dropped the package not long after. He must have taken a whiff and known something was up.
“He dropped it as soon as he found out,” Ronel Newton of the Riverside Police Deparment said. “He didn’t want nothing to do with it and kept on riding.”
The man was later arrested and taken into custody by police.
Zaremba said that even though he’d set the trap for the porch pirate, it still felt like a violation to see a theft in action.
“At first I really felt violated even though I knew what was inside the package, I was still like, he stole from me!” Zaremba said.