Teen helps catch porch hacker with tracking device
PROVO, Utah (KSTU) – A 14-year-old boy from Utah turned the tide on a porch pirate after his father saw people grabbing packages from the family’s porch with his doorbell camera.
After two packages were stolen from Justin Bankhead’s porch in just a week, he decided to offer a $ 500 reward to anyone who could find the thief.
“You get these guys, even on your Ring doorbell video, and if they cover their faces, how do you find them?” Justin Bankhead said. âIt’s not just the stuff that disappears. It’s the feeling that I dare not order stuff for my porch. Everyone has these frustrations of those guys running around in neighborhoods having a free for all. “
His 14-year-old son, Cody Bankhead, accepted the reward offer. The teenager placed a box outside the family home with a GPS tracking device activated inside. He used an Apple AirTag, a $ 30 device designed to help people track their belongings through their Apple devices.
In the darkness of Monday morning, a thief drove to the house, raced up the stairs, and fled with the cardboard box – not realizing the tracking device.
After realizing the box was missing, the Bankheads retrieved the tracking information, found the suspect’s car, and called the police. Moments later, the suspect was arrested.
âI don’t think he had a clue what he had to come,â said Justin Bankhead.
The father kept his promise and Cody Bankhead got his reward money.
âQuite happy. I felt pretty cool, âthe teenager said.
For Justin Bankhead, it was a small price to pay to send a message to a potential parcel thief.
âIf you go there, you’re going to get caught. People are waking up, âhe said.
Police advise anyone who does something like this to be safe and never put themselves in a dangerous situation.
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