Thousands of stolen packages cover downtown LA train tracks

Staggering footage shows thousands of packages allegedly stolen and dumped along a stretch of Union Pacific railroad in downtown Los Angeles.

The vision, captured by CBSLA, shows a person rushing along the tracks holding a “container used to hold smaller packages,” the outlet reports. The video captured by CBSLA photojournalist John Schreiber also documents a Union Pacific officer pursuing two people who appeared to be searching through the sea of ​​cardboard.

“As you can see, trains frequently slow down or stop in this area as they are pulled into the @UnionPacific Intermodal facility near downtown LA,” Schreiber tweeted. “The thieves take this opportunity to break open the containers and take what’s inside. I would say that one out of 4 or 5 cars had open containers.

“Sources told CBSLA that the locks used by Union Pacific are easy to cut, and Los Angeles Police Department officials said they don’t respond to reports of train robberies unless Union Pacific tells them. asks for help, which they say is rare,” the outlet reports.

Among the items thrown away and left behind were coronavirus home testing kits.

Sources told the outlet that the track section was cleared about a month ago, meaning the current mess is only from the last thirty days or so. Sources added that the tracks were also cleared three months ago.

Union Pacific provided CBSLA with a statement about this:

“Union Pacific is very concerned about the increase in cargo theft in California, and we have taken several steps to combat this criminal activity. These railroad crimes pose a serious threat to the safety of the public, our employees and local officers. law enforcement officials.

“We have increased the number of Union Pacific Special Agents on patrol, and we have used and explored additional technologies to help us combat this criminal activity. We will also continue to work with our local law enforcement partners and elected leaders. »

CBSLA checked the tracking status of a discarded package, which showed “in transit” and was due for delivery that day.

The report is particularly frustrating given that delivery times are already significantly hampered by supply chain issues under the Biden administration.

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