LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A porch pirate thought he scored with a fancy electronic gadget, but was instead hit with a glitter bomb developed by a former NASA engineer.
After a package was stolen from outside his home, a fed-up Mark Rober took matters into his own hands.READ MORE: Cold Weather Alert Extended For Antelope Valley Through Monday
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. The package was also rigged with several phones with cameras to capture the thief’s reaction.
The video, which features several thieves opening the trick package, was trending No. 1 on YouTube Tuesday.READ MORE: Granada Hills Junk House: 'Hoarders' TV Show, City, LAPD Get Involved As Junk Remains Piled In Yard Of Granada Hills Home
The thieves, whose faces are pixelated, are shown yelling at the package and the smell emitting from it, throwing it outside in the garbage, and trying to vacuum up the glitter.
Rober is a former JPL scientist from Brea, who also happens to be the cousin of CBS2 anchor Peter Daut.MORE NEWS: Movement Started To Stop Hate Crimes Towards Asians As LA Sees 114% Increase
(A previous version of this article identified the location as Brea. We’ve updated the story to correct the error. – CBSLA)