Austin porch pirates duped by box of dirty diapers seek revenge on couple who dared to defy them

Porch piracy really stinks as one fed-up Texas homeowner seems to have discovered.

An Austin neighborhood has been beset with a recurring group of thieves stealing packages from front porches day and night, with the wrongdoing often captured on doorbell cameras.

Understandably frustrated with what has regularly occurred, Gabriela O’Hearn and her husband decided to place a box of dirty diapers on their porch for the miscreants to steal.

“And when they discovered it was a bunch of dirty diapers they came back and smeared those diapers on our front door,” she told NBC Austin affiliate KXAN about the aftermath of the poo prank.

Unfortunately, the mess in Texas didn’t stop there. The brazen bandits returned to the scene of the crime with a giant bag of cow manure.

“They spread that all over our front porch and on our cars in the driveway,” she told the news outlet.

Watch a report on the diaper debacle aired by KXAN:

The family subsequently spent many hours in a clean-up operation at the residence.

Gabriela, a pregnant mom who works full time, apparently doesn’t regret the diaper debacle and described what perhaps might amount to a tricky counter-attack as a “survival tool” against the rampant pilferage that has been going on for months.

“We need to stop this now, especially before the holidays get started,” she asserted.

A pirate even tried to swipe a Halloween skeleton from her porch.

Local cops, who have advised homeowners against confronting any porch pirates, are reportedly on the lookout for a ring of suspects who drive a black Chevy Suburban with no plates, the latter which should by itself prompt a traffic stop.

According to authorities, the feces incident alone could lead to a criminal mischief charge.

Fast-growing Austin, which is also the Texas capital, is a liberal enclave in the red state.

Parenthetically, Austin is apparently also separately experiencing alleged “jugging” crimes:

Residents of nearby Round Rock, Tex., can redirect package delivery during the holiday season to police headquarters in a program called “Operation Front Porch.”

A December 2021 article in the Houston Law Review addressed the porch piracy problem:

“As e-commerce has increased exponentially in recent years, so too has the porch piracy epidemic. One in five Americans claims to have had a package stolen from his doorstep. In an effort to combat this new crime trend, many states have recently adopted new criminal laws aimed at deterring porch pirates, including Texas in 2019. Despite these new laws and initiatives by state legislatures, there is little evidence that these laws are resulting in their desired deterrent effect,” the essay summarized.

To offset the risk of theft, for example, Amazon Prime provides package drop-off at secure locations called Amazon Lockers.

UPS provides an alternative delivery such as to a UPS Store or a retail outlet. That change comes with an additional consumer fee, however.

FedEx and other package delivery services offer similar options.

All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.

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