Colorado Springs mom sets trap for package thieves, includes used kitty litter and cigarette butts

A Colorado Springs mom has been setting traps for porch pirates in her neighborhood.  She was...
A Colorado Springs mom has been setting traps for porch pirates in her neighborhood. She was showing off some of the items she put in the trap, including used kitty litter and cigarette butts. Photo by KKTV 12/11/19. (KKTV)
Published: Dec. 11, 2019 at 10:22 PM MST
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One Colorado Springs mom is fed up over porch pirates, and now she's fighting back.

Christine Hyatt's family has had legitimate packages stolen off their porch more than 20 times.

When they missed trash day a few weeks ago, she got an idea.

"We forgot to set our trash out for Thanksgiving, so we were overflowing with trash," Hyatt explained to 11 News. "I've had packages stolen and I went, 'You know what? I have extra boxes -- let's see if someone will take our trash!'"

Thieves didn't skip a beat. Wednesday marked the third round of decoy Amazon packages, filled to the brim with trash, getting snagged off Hyatt's porch.

"This is my way of fighting back," Hyatt said.

For Hyatt, package theft isn't just infuriating and expensive, but dangerous. Her daughter has diabetes, and her medication has been among the items stolen in the past.

"She can't afford to have her own medication stolen just because people are jerks," Hyatt stated.

Hyatt showed 11 News reporter Spencer Wilson as she packed cigarette butts, fast food trash and used kitty litter into her fourth decoy box. A perfect gift for a criminal.

"My daughter told me that it was gross," Hyatt said. "But they [porch pirates] deserve it."

Hyatt said she wants to send a big thank you to the person or people who have been taking her trash out for free. She hopes they learn their lesson soon.

Revenge on a platter on a porch.