Package theft is still on the rise as many continue to send and receive post-holiday mail that potentially includes valuable gifts. Many of these so-called “porch pirates” are able to covertly snatch packages off front stoops and make a clean getaway. Others aren’t so lucky.
In a viral video uploaded to Reddit, a man manages to catch one of these unlucky thieves as he films himself opening his front door to what appears to be someone attempting to take his package, to which the thief becomes flustered and runs away, dropping the stolen goods.
“You’re done!” the man repeatedly yells to the porch pirate, who tries to make the getaway from his driveway but ends up reversing into a big pile of snow, rendering the car immovable.
After a desperate attempt to free the car from the snowbank, the thief then gets out of the car to physically push their car back onto the street, to which the man filming assures the thief that “cops are coming” and yells to someone (presumably his wife) to call the police before the video cuts off.
Uploaded to the r/PublicFreakout subreddit page this week, many redditors reacted to the video, with one calling the attempted thief “a fucking moron” for his poor attempt at a getaway.
“He totally drove himself into the snowbank when he had plenty of driveway and road to go in,” the redditor commented.
Others also reacted and made jokes about the porch pirate’s car of choice, which appeared to be a silver Toyota Yaris.
“There is so little snow behind the car but by god does he find it, in his playskool my-first-getaway-car,” one commented.
Although package theft usually increases during the holiday season, cases saw a notable increase from 36% of Americans saying they had a package stolen in 2019 to 43% in 2020 as many opted to shop online and send gifts over mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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