By Amy B Wang / The Washington Post
Mark Rober’s muse was a package thief.
Two package thieves, to be exact, both of whom had made off with a delivery from his California porch one day in broad daylight, about seven months ago.
Indignant, Rober — a former NASA engineer who runs a popular YouTube channel documenting his many quirky science experiments — started thinking about how he could apprehend the porch pirates. Though he had caught the thieves on his security cameras, Rober said police had told him it was not worth their time to look into.
“So you also feel powerless. And I just felt like something needs to be done to take a stand against dishonest punks like this,” Rober said in a YouTube video posted Monday. “And then I was like, hold up.”
Rober explained he had spent nine years working for NASA, including designing hardware for the Mars Curiosity rover that is, well, currently…