Caught on camera: St. George package thief steals box of poop

ST. GEORGE — A St. George man had an extra special delivery sitting on his doorstep for package thieves this holiday season: a box filled with dog poop. A package thief took the bait Wednesday night and the whole ordeal was caught on video.

A St. George man left an extra special delivery box filled with dog poop on his porch for would-be package thieves, St. George, Utah, Dec. 24, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Jared Lindow, St. George News
A St. George man leaves an extra special delivery box filled with dog poop on his porch for would-be package thieves, St. George, Utah, Dec. 24, 2015 | Image courtesy of Jared Lindow, St. George News

After reading a news report about northern Utah residents tricking would-be package thieves by placing empty decoy boxes on porches to deter thieves, Jaron Lindow said he liked the idea and it inspired him to find a way to play a prank of his own on the brazen crooks.

“I thought it sounded funny,” Lindow said, “so I filled a box with dog poop and left it on the front porch, and moved an extra security camera into place to make sure I had a good view.”

Lindow said the dog poop, packaged in an Amazon Prime box, was sitting on the porch of his Main Street residence in St. George for about a week before being stolen.

However, just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, an unsuspecting package thief took the bait and Lindow watched it all go down on video surveillance footage. The video can be seen in the player above.

While Lindow did post a link to the video on the St. George Police Department’s Facebook page, he said he doesn’t plan on filing a police report, as he said he doesn’t want to waste the Police Department’s time.

Lindow isn’t done teaching thieves a stinking lesson just yet. He said:

I’ve got a second box filled and sitting in its place already. … It’s heavy, so you know it’s either expensive, or books.

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  • Bowlinggreen123 December 24, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Ha Ha! I hope you are reading this you piece of whatever was in that box.
    I hope you got it all over and you get sick. You stink just like the package you stole.

    Merry Christmas … head.
    Ed. ellipsis.

  • ladybugavenger December 24, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Well St George commenter someone used your advice….hahahaha

  • sagemoon December 24, 2015 at 2:10 pm


  • .... December 24, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Well laugh now. because they will be back and they will leave a calling card.

    • mesaman December 24, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      If I quoted you that would mean both of us were stupid. How do you come by these silly conclusions?

      • .... December 25, 2015 at 8:44 am

        BITE ME ! Mesamoron is that the best you can do ? Yawn……..

      • .... December 25, 2015 at 8:47 am

        Hey Mesamoron shouldn’t you be packing up your trash so you can move back to Central America ? to quote you….BITE ME !

  • old school December 24, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Brilliant! But if you want to go one better, exploding dog poop!!!!!

  • hayuz December 24, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    I wonder what the maximum punishment is for such a crime.. I still think that the police should conduct a sting operation with packages containing GPS tracking devices, and make some well publicized arrests…

    • .... December 25, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Good Idea then mesaman could get arrested for being an idiot out in public.

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