LOS ANGELES: Thieves have been raiding cargo containers on trains near downtown Los Angeles for months, taking packages belonging to people across America and leaving the tracks blanketed with discarded boxes.
The packages are from retailers including Amazon, REI and others, CBSLA reported Thursday. The sea of debris left behind includes items that thieves apparently didn’t think were valuable enough to take.
While CBSLA cameras were at the scene, a man was seen running away with a container used to hold small packages, and a Union Pacific Railroad Police officer was seen chasing two others, apparently Were going through the package.
There was a similar scene in November, when NBC4 showed thousands of boxes being thrown along tracks lined with homeless camps northeast of downtown in the Lincoln Park area.
According to the report of NBC4, the passing trains used to carry containers with doors open and covered with packets. The station said the video showed two people, one of whom looked like a bolt cutter, walking along the tracks.
Union Pacific said in a statement to CBSLA that the railroad is concerned about the increasing theft of goods in California.
We have increased the number of Union Pacific Special Agents on patrol, and we have used and detected additional technologies to help combat this criminal activity. We will also continue to work with our local law enforcement partners and elected leaders, Rail said.
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