A Grand Rapids postal worker's efforts to stop thieves from stealing packages from a resident's home is getting national recognition.

WZZM-13 reports that on Dec. 30th, Louie Kunst was delivering packages in Heritage Hill when he noticed three teenagers he'd never seen in the neighborhood before walking down the sidewalk. 

Kunst kept an eye on them along his route, and later noticed a box he'd just dropped off at a house on Morris Street was missing. Moments later, Louie saw the teens carrying the same box down the street.

Kunst said he normally doesn't confront people very often, but he decided to do something.

He chased the teens down. "They were surprised," Kunst said. "They were taken aback. They were like, 'What are you talking about?' I said, 'I know you took the box."

When Kunst tried to take a picture of the thieves, they dropped the package and ran. Kunst called his supervisor who advised him to bring the package back to the office.

After the incident, the supervisor sent a letter to the package's owner, explaining what happened. The letter was then posted to Reddit, and has been viewed by thousands on social media.

Your letter carrier delivered your package at 11:28 a.m. on December 30. As he was finishing his loop he noticed 3 teens pick up your package and start walking down the street. He jumped into his vehicle and chased them down yelling at them. They threw your package down and took off running. Your carrier retrieved your package and brought it back to the post office. It is being re-delivered to you today damaged. Sorry for the trouble this may have caused you. If you have any questions call me."