Over a period of six months, he worked on turning a HomePod box into a glitter bomb.
But a NASA scientist has come up with a more fun form of deterrence for determined thieves.
"If anyone was going to make a revenge bait package and over-engineer the crap out of it, it was going to be me", Rober concluded.
Then Rober just needed to wait and let the package rain pain.
"The moral of the story is, just don't take other peoples' stuff", Rober said. Each time, the recording devices inside the package documented the would-be porch pirates' varied reactions after the box "detonated" glitter and/or fart spray. It starts spinning when the thief opens the box. After having a couple of packages stolen and being met with an unsympathetic police department, he made a decision to take things into his own hands. As the 11-minute video above shows, the results were glorious. "[With all my videos], I try to get people stoked about science and engineering". Here's what happens when a vigilante rises from the masses.
As a tribute to Kevin McCallister, the "Home Alone" prankster played by Macaulay Culkin, Rober put postage stickers on the package that were addressed to Harry and Marv, the movie's slapstick crooks. In the video titled "Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap", Rober said he developed the glitter bomb trap after police refused to help him investigate missing parcel incidents.
The package is created to look as real as possible, but a close inspection of the label reveals a subtle pop culture reference (and the inspiration behind Rober's prank).
Mark Rober says he got upset after someone stole his package from the front door of his house.