A California homeowner let her emotions get the best of her when she spotted thieves making off with a box from her front porch, and although the police don’t recommend it, she did get the last laugh after all.

Heidi Burrows of San Jose saw someone running from her front porch carrying a box as she drove up to her house at 5:30 p.m.

Security cam footage verifies what Burrows saw, “…a person running with a box from my porch to a car. I was like wow, that is just really brazen,” she told reporters.

Furious, Burrows did something rash – and little brazen, too – driving in front of the car, blocking it and using her phone to take a photo of the license plate.

Not content with that bit of crime-fighting, Burrows let the thief and the getaway driver know exactly what she thought of them.

She told police and reporters she yelled, “What are you guys doing? You have a nice car and I don’t even understand why you are stealing things.”

Apparently, the guilt trip worked, because as Burrows recounted, “The next thing you know the box comes flying out of the car and they go tearing off down the street.”

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She said it might almost have been worth it to imagine the look on the two thieves’ faces when they opened up her box and found – a box of boxes!

Burrows is an eBay seller who orders shipping supplies to send purchases and the unlucky porch raiders had unknowingly grabbed more boxes than they expected.

“If only they had just kept it. I would have loved to have seen their faces when they opened it,” Burrows said.

Police issued a “be on the lookout for” the vehicle and the license plate, but are not investigating the incident because there was not a theft involved.

They do, however, have some advice for anyone finding themselves in a similar position as Burrows who might be tempted to confront a criminal – don’t.

Burrows admits that in retrospect, she would have been safer to let it go, but says she was “pretty amped up at the time.”

Still, she agrees with the police who told her, “You don’t know what those people have in their car.”

Neighbors said they, too, have been victimized by porch thieves, but that may have come to an end with Burrows scolding of the would-be robbers.

Please SHARE on Facebook to let people know not to follow criminals caught in the act – no matter how tempting it may be. Leave the crime fighting to the professionals!

Source: WBRC

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