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Spokane residents follow porch pirate 'poo' movement

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

With the holidays arriving, so is the crime. Package thieves, porch pirates, property criminals, call them what you want but it all comes down to the same thing: a holiday bust if you are the victim.

Some people are fighting back and getting creative with it. Two nights ago, one man stole a package from a Spokane home but it wasn't filled with this year's hottest toy. It was filled with dog-doo.

It's a foul idea involving a box and a porch that so far hasn't taken a plunge and has spread to other people to want to try it out but police do not recommend it.

"About 17 pounds of English Mastiff dog doo," said Destiny Skow. Skow lives in the Shadle area and says their neighborhood has a lot of package thefts. "This is more of my deterrent from that happening," she said.

It was time to take a stand by letting their dog squat. In her surveillance video, it shows a bait box and a man in a backpack walking up to her porch around 7:30 p.m. He then snatches it. "I actually followed where the guy left because we watched on the security camera and I saw where he had gone through it and other people had scavenged to try and see what's in the box," said Skow.

Porch pirates, your time is up! "It was fun, I'm not going to lie. It was fun watching him go away. Otherwise, I'd see him go away with a package so maybe he won't come back," said Skow. She thinks it's disgusting but even more disgusting that people would steal packages in the first place.

However, Spokane Police Officers say, don't step into this mess. "Anyone who decides to take matters into their own hands in situations like this, they open themselves up to not only criminal liability but civil liability," said Officer Josh Laiva.

Otherwise you could be in a load of trouble. Leave it to the professionals. "We are actively investigating the package thefts," said Laiva.

Skow says, she might do the doo one more time so a guy like the one she caught on her porch on camera, won't ever come back and commit the stinky crime.

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