With some assistance from her 2-year-old son and her dog, Michaela Roekle found a way to get back at the thieves who stole packages from her home six different times in the past year. It was sweet, smelly revenge.
Anyone who’s ever been a victim of doorstep package theft has felt the helpless frustration of knowing that the criminals will get away without repercussion. More often than not, they don’t even know what they’re stealing from your family, or if it’s of any actual monetary value.
According to recent statistics released by insurancequotes.com, more than 23 million Americans have had packages stolen from their doorsteps at least once. It’s a troubling trend that’s on the rise, particularly in suburban areas that are filled with families.
But Roekle earned a win for everyone who’s ever felt that disappointment in humanity. Shortly before Christmas, she started planting packages that contained an unpleasant surprise for the repeat package thieves. The perpetrator(s) had been plaguing the Corona, California community for some time, and neighbors felt the punishment was well-deserved.
One Corona resident started a “Package of Poop On The Porch Week” Facebook group in an effort to rally at least 38 SoCal residents to fight back against the thieves. Roekle was just one of hopefully many of the Corona residents to follow through the nasty plan.
She collected “contributions” from her young son, Brayven and their family dog. After gathering up some up Brayven’s dirty diapers and cleaning up the yard of the dog’s poop, Roekle loaded up a series of fake packages, sealed them up, and then set them out on the doorstep to wait.
“We’re hoping they get a nice surprise when they open these up in their car,” Roekle said.
Neighbors are pleased to have an opportunity to get back at the local thieves. But the Corona Police Department says that even if the package thieves are caught stinky-handed, they can’t be arrested because the fake packages have no monetary value… just vengeful value.
A United States Post Office spokesperson said that there are better ways to prevent package theft in the first place rather than having to take revenge after the fact, or trying to catch them in the act with security cameras.
They suggest requiring a signature to receive the package and all deliveries and to contact local police if the package is stolen. Police can send a patrol car to the area to keep an eye out during peak delivery hours if it becomes a significant problem, and hopefully ward off any would-be package thieves from stealing.
But according to Roekle, she’s just happy to prove a disgusting point to the thieves. “We’re just trying to show justice,” Roekle said. She repeated what she tells her 2-year-old son; a lesson which she hopes the package thieves of Corona, California will take to heart after discovering the poop-filled decoy packages. “You don’t steal, it’s very simple,” Roekle said.