Porch pirate arrested after getaway car becomes stuck in snow bank
Today in fast-working karma, a 33-year-old Brampton man has been arrested after stealing a package from someone's porch, attempting to drive away, and failing spectacularly.
Fortunately for anyone who's ever had a delivery nabbed from their stoop by a crook and remains bitter about it, the whole thing was caught on camera.
The video series in question, uploaded to Instagram by @straightouttatha6ixtv on Monday and cross-posted to several Reddit subs, starts with someone whipping their front door open to find an unidentified man on their porch picking up a box that had been delivered earlier.
The pirate-to-be immediately sprints to his car, a white Toyota Yaris, and jumps in to flee the scene.
"That's dumb, you're dumb" shouts someone from behind the camera as he follows the bumbling thief, who peels backward out of the driveway.
Then comes the good part, where the porch pirate tries to reverse over a snow bank and gets stuck to the point where his front wheels simply spin in the air fruitlessly.
The person filming shouts that cops are coming as the man gets out of his car and unsuccessfully tries to push it out of the snow bank.
At several points, the porch pirate tries to shovel the snow away with his hands — again, unsuccessfully.
Perhaps feeling sorry for the guy, despite everything, the man filming tries to explain that the Yaris is front-wheel drive and that it won't go forward until the front wheels touch the ground. The thief just gets back in his car and tries to rev the engine again.
The last clip in the series posted to @straightouttatha6ixtv shows police surrounding the stuck vehicle. They demand that the man get out of his vehicle before cuffing his hands behind his back.
It's the kind of instant revenge few people ever get to enjoy, and observers are loving the footage.
Peel Police ended up arresting a 33-year-old Brampton man after he failed to get away from the scene of his attempted package theft - 📹 Straight Outta The 6ix https://t.co/bNbIS4XUVy #PeelPolice #Brampton #Ontario #PorchPirate pic.twitter.com/jDVsNOBcrc— blogTO (@blogTO) January 5, 2021
Peel Regional Police have confirmed that a man was arrested on Monday, January 4 around 2:40 p.m. after trying to steal a package from a residence near Churchhill Meadows and Erin Centre Boulevards in Mississauga.
The 33-year-old Brampton man was charged with one count of fraud and one count of theft. He will appear before an Ontario Court of Justice at a later date.
Wilder still, this was one of the milder calls involving stolen parcels attended by Peel Police in recent days: The service announced on Saturday that three men had been arrested for violently carjacking someone who was driving a package delivery truck.
"In an effort to prevent the theft, the victim grabbed onto the vehicle and was dragged almost 800 meters before losing his grip. The victim sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries," wrote police of that incident.
"As a result of the diligent and resourceful actions by investigators the vehicle was located several hours later in the Mississauga area... A large portion of the packages contained in the car for delivery have been recovered and will make it to their intended destinations."
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