Don't steal from anyone this Christmas (or ever), especially a NASA engineer

When engineer Mark Rober got his packages stolen, he turned to the police for help.

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The video below starts with Rober detailing the problem of Amazon box thievery, then walks the viewer through how he created his glitter bomb.

A former NASA engineer and BYU grad had his video go viral this week for creating a glitter bomb trap that tricks thieves trying to steal Christmas gifts.

Rober said he felt compelled to make the prank after experiencing firsthand the harm caused by so-called porch pirates - thieves who steal packages from homeowners' doorsteps.

Over the course of several months, he worked with a friend to create the flawless package thief trap, complete with custom silicon, fart spray, and projectile glitter.

Everytime the thief opened the package they were sprayed with glitter and swiftly abandoned the contraption. He custom-build a package loaded with the glitter that not only shoots up, it shoots OUT, too! A Global Positioning System tracker in the phones would let him know where a package ultimately ended up.

He made the decoy box appear to be an Apple HomePod but it was sent from Kevin McCallister from "Home Alone" (and even includes the address of the home that was used for the exteriors), The recipients were the Wet Bandits themselves Harry and Marv - Kevin's enemies.

"If the thief wasn't in such a hurry they'd see that the package is actually coming from my childhood hero and the inspiration for this project", joked Rober.

The video was posted Monday - it already has more than 8 million views.

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

  • Wendy Palmer