Watch Ex-NASA Engineer’s Glitter/Stink-Bomb Trap Takes Down 5 Package Thieves

Ben Marquis for the Conservative Tribune reports, The Christmas season is upon us, which means millions of Americans are buying gifts online to brighten the holidays for themselves and others, and having those gifts shipped directly to their homes or the homes of their loved ones.

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The Christmas season is upon us, which means millions of Americans are buying gifts online to brighten the holidays for themselves and others, and having those gifts shipped directly to their homes or the homes of their loved ones.

That also means that package thieves are out there doing their worst to ruin the holidays for innocent victims with delivered boxes sitting unattended by their front doors.

Package thievery is nothing new, and many of those targeted have found numerous and ingenious ways to fight back or get revenge on package thieves, but few have matched the fantastic method of deterring porch pirates that was devised by a former NASA engineer.

The Huffington Post reported Tuesday on the incredible, and hilarious, creation of ex-NASA engineer Mark Rober, who had previously worked on NASA’s “Curiosity” Mars rover and now puts his engineering skills to other uses, including the creation of a non-explosive combination glitter/stink-bomb device rigged up with cameras and disguised as an ordinary package to get revenge on package thieves.

That mission was a personal one for Rober, who himself has been a victim of a package thief. He devoted six months to developing the device and documented its creation — as well as the end results — in a viral video posted to YouTube.

 

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