Thieves loot railroad cargo containers in Los Angeles

Thieves have looted freight containers aboard trains near downtown Los Angeles for months, leaving the tracks covered in discarded packages

LOS ANGELES – For months, thieves have searched cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles, taken packages belonging to people across the United States, and left traces covered in discarded boxes.

The packages are from retailers, including Amazon, REI and others, CBSLA reported Thursday. The sea of ​​debris left behind includes items that the thieves apparently did not think were valuable enough to take.

While CBSLA cameras were on the scene, a person was seen running away with a container used to hold small packages, and a Union Pacific Railroad police officer was seen chasing two other people who were apparently reviewing packages.

The scene was the same in November when NBC4 showed thousands of boxes discarded along the tracks lined with homeless camps northeast of downtown in the Lincoln Park area.

Passing trains carried containers with wide-open doors and packages that overturned, NBC4 reported. Video showed two men, one of whom was holding what looked like bolt cutters, walking along the tracks, the station said.

Union Pacific said in a statement to CBSLA that the railroad was concerned about increased freight thefts in California.

“We have increased the number of Union Pacific Specialists 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,” the railroad said. .

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