Watch booby-trapped Amazon package cover thieves in glitter and fart spray

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Ex-NASA engineer and YouTuber Mark Rober has a common problem: thieves are stealing his Amazon packages right from his front porch.

Rober spent several months creating a fake package that, once opened, showers a thief with glitter and a noxious "fart spray" that would deploy the moment it's opened.

Rober reported this to the police, but even with the video evidence, the police department said that this wasn't something worth spending time to investigate.

"Something needs to be done to take a stance against dishonest punks like this", Rober said in a now-viral YouTube video.

But for anyone who's gotten a package stolen off a doorstep, he's now a hero.

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Of course, there are easier ways of catching a thief than engineering your own glitter and fart spray bomb.

It shows how Rober connected four phones to a GPS-connected circuit board inside an Apple box. The entire fiasco is recorded via four smartphones that are connected to a circuit board that pings Global Positioning System when the package is jostled.

The device goes off as soon as the package is opened, spraying a colossal amount of glitter everywhere. The horrendous smell made the initial thief toss the package, which allowed Rober to deploy this decoy package and capture the reactions of multiple assailants.

The box is complete with a return address for Kevin McCallister, the Home Alone boy played by Macaulay Culkin who left a series of traps to thwart would be burgles, Harry and Marv. A can of fart spray is included that would knock out a small herd of elephants, as it sprays five times every 30 seconds.

"So the moral of the story is, just don't take other people's stuff", he said.