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Shocking Videos Show Massive Sea Of Stolen Packages Laying On Railroad Tracks In Los Angeles
Delivery workers sort packages on a street in Beijing on November 12, 2021, a day after "Singles Day", the biggest shopping day of the year.
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A photojournalist with CBS Los Angeles published disturbing images on Thursday afternoon that quickly went viral on social media that reportedly showed thousands upon thousands of stolen packages that had been discarded on railroad tracks in the area after thieves had stolen contents out of the packages.

“A section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles has been littered with thousands of shredded boxes, packages stolen from cargo containers that stop in the area to unload,” CBS Los Angeles reported. “Thieves have been raiding the cargo containers, taking packages that belong to people from all over the country from retailers like Amazon, REI and others.”

Sources told the news station that the locks that the train company uses are easy to cut and that local police do not respond to train robberies unless the train company asks them to.

“While CBSLA was on the scene with cameras, one person was seen running off with a container used to hold smaller packages, and a Union Pacific officer was spotted chasing after two other people who appeared to be rifling through packages,” the station added. “A source with knowledge of the issue told CBSLA that Union Pacific cleaned up this area of tracks three months ago, and again only about 30 days ago, though the area is already littered with new discarded boxes.”

“Keep hearing of train burglaries in LA on the scanner so went to #LincolnHeights to see it all. And… there’s looted packages as far as the eye can see. Amazon packages, @UPS boxes, unused Covid tests, fishing lures, epi pens. Cargo containers left busted open on trains,” photojournalist John Schreiber tweeted. “I’m told by law enforcement these @UPS bags are especially sought after by thieves opening cargo containers… they are often full of boxes with merchandise bound for residential addresses. More valuable than say, a cargo container full of low value bulky items like toilet paper.”

“As you can see, trains frequently slow or stop in this area as they get worked into the @UnionPacific Intermodal facility near Downtown LA. The thieves use this opportunity to break open containers and take what’s inside. I’d say every 4th or 5th rail car had opened containers,” Schreiber continued. “Missing a package? Shipment delayed? Maybe your package is among the thousands we found discarded along the tracks. This is but one area thieves have targeted trains. We were told this area was just cleaned up 30 days ago so what you see is all within the last month.”

“Responsibility for policing the railroad right of way falls on Union Pacific Police… not local agencies like LAPD,” he concluded. “We did see Union Pacific police chasing two people today off the tracks and keeping an eye on things.”


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