Video shows thousands of damaged packages scattered on train tracks in Los Angeles as thieves target freight containers
- Video footage captured thousands of empty and damaged packages lined the tracks of a Los Angeles railroad amid cargo robbery crimes
- Thieves are targeting freight containers traveling on trains in LA and stealing valuables from companies like Amazon and UPS
- As a result, they have left empty boxes over the tracks and left behind products that are no longer needed, such as unused COVID tests and epi-pens.
- Union Pacific has since begun cracking down on security measures in an effort to curb the trend of freight looting
Thousands of shredded packages were seen scattered along the tracks of a Los Angeles railroad on Thursday, allegedly left behind by thieves who are now looting freight containers.
Video footage captured a series of packages that were either left empty or torn up along the Union Pacific tracks in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles.
The freight packages have been bait for railroad thieves targeting goods from companies such as Amazon and UPS bound for homes along the West Coast.
Products such as unused COVID tests, lures and epi-pens were seen scattered on the ground.
Cargo thieves stole valuables from these trains while they’re either stopped or slowing down so they can be taken to the Union Pacific Intermodal facility in downtown LA, where the cargo will be moved to a new mode of transportation.
To break into these containers, thieves often use bolt cutters to break the locks and steal whatever they can get their hands on.
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Video footage captured thousands of damaged boxes along a Los Angeles railroad that were left behind by thieves who looted containers from freight trains
Thieves in the Los Angeles area steal valuable goods found in freight containers from companies such as Amazon and UPS
Empty shell packs and redundant items such as unused COVID tests, lures and epi-pens were scattered across the tracks
The debris along the railroad tracks is said to be the result of recent break-ins, as Union Pacific workers cleaned the tracks just a month ago, according to a source at CBS LA.
Reports of thieves on the tracks have become common over the past month, and people have also been seen digging through the rubble in search of valuable items.
Despite the recent trend in freight crime, the LAPD said they don’t respond to train thefts unless the freight company asks for their help.
Union Pacific takes matters into their own hands in an effort to reduce theft in their tracks.
“Union Pacific is deeply concerned about the increased cargo theft in California and we have taken several steps to address this criminal activity,” the railroad company said in a statement.
“This train crime poses a serious threat to the safety of the public, our employees and local law enforcement.
“We have increased the number of Union Pacific special agents on patrol and we have used and researched additional technologies to help us combat this criminal activity.
“We will also continue to work with our local law enforcement partners and elected leaders.”
Thieves have also been seen digging through the rubble in search of something of value
A security presence implemented by Union Pacific has become increasingly common in an effort to halt the crime trend
It is not the first time this year has been targeted by freight containers.
Freight break-ins were also reported in November during the supply chain crisis when trains bound for Los Angeles ports were looted.
The freight trains had passed through an area of tracks lined with homeless camps where thieves allegedly cut through the carts with bolt cutters.
City officials then moved the shipping containers to vacant lots to prevent further thefts.