An alleged "porch pirate" package thief has been rumbled by security cameras whilst wearing red ladies knickers as a mask.

Spencer Gougler, from Oklahoma, USA, has to face the double-barrelled embarrassment of being caught, but also must deal with the fact that the images of him with pants on his head are public.

The Tulsa Police Department announced in a statement issued on Facebook over the weekend that he was caught, and even took the opportunity to poke fun at him with a bizarre hashtag.

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“Porch Pirate with an unusual and questionably effective mask – Arrested. #PantiesAreNotaMask."

Porch pirates is a name given to those who steal packages and other goods left outside people's homes after being delivered.

The police later said in a more serious vein: “We were provided surveillance images of the suspect, and Flock helped locate the suspect vehicle.”

And, amazingly, the bloke was recognised from previous porch pirate crimes where he also wore knickers on his head.

“One of our Street Crimes Officers recognized the suspect from previous porch pirate cases where the suspect was wearing women’s underwear as a mask," the statement continued.

Police said they went to Goughler's house and knocked the door but he refused to come outside to face the music.

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The force "contained" the house until they obtained a warrant to go inside.

"Gougler remained inside the residence and would not talk with Officers,” cops said. “Officers with the Gilcrease Division Impact Unit assisted with containing the house, while a search warrant for the residence was obtained."

When they came back with the warrant “Gougler exited at the first announcement from officers."

Goughler now faces five counts of larceny, one count of knowingly concealing stolen property, and one count of grant larceny.

He remains locked up on a $17,000 bond, according to online records.

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