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Rip-Off Alert | Man targeted by package thieves strikes back with stinky surprises

One homeowner is striking back at package thieves with quite the stinky decoy surprise. (KSNV file)

If you shopped for deals during Amazon's "Prime Day," you definitely weren't alone.

The tech giant says it was the biggest shopping day ever in the company's history.

That means more packages are lining porches in the coming days. Could that mean thieves are looking to rip you off?

One man has an interesting solution.

You could say Brian Calitri has become sort of a prime target for petty thieves.

"This was actually while I was home. Grabbing a drink of water and taking my gym bag," said Calitri. "They know the routes. They know the times. They know Prime Day. They know a lot of things."

Package after package was taken ... even the lawn mower.

"Everything that's not tied down pretty much," said Calitri.

Calitri says he has filed as many as 30 police reports over the last four years. He handed over clear documentation of each theft to Salt Lake City cops.

"I always file a police report but it's tough to track them down," said Calitri.

Now, he has come up with an alternative way to curb the criminals to cash in on his cardboard.

"He helps me mitigate the crime," said Calitri, referring to his dog, Jimmy. "You know what your treats turn into. He does his potty out here. Here is his pooper scooper. Fill it up, tape it up, put out front."

Yes, Jimmy's deed is helping fill boxes.

"This is a fake package filled with my dog's poop. So he got that. He never came back," said Calitri.

Although his way of fighting crime may be unconventional, Calitri says it seems to be working.

"It's worked. It's been a deterrent," said Calitri. "Filling packages with poop, it's low risk and it seems to be effective and I say, why not, you know."

Yes, several decoy packages have been taken, but he says the volume of thefts is down.

He calls his approach low risk and effective. We would love to know what the thieves think.

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