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Thousands of stolen packages cover the rail tracks in downtown LA

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Thousands of stolen packages cover the rail tracks in downtown LA

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Staggering footage shows thousands of packages reportedly stolen and dumped along a stretch of the Union Pacific railroad track 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 chasing two people who appeared to sift through the sea of ​​cardboard.

“As you can see, trains frequently slow down or stop in this area as they enter the @UnionPacific Intermodal facility near downtown LA ”, Schreiber tweeted. “Thieves take this opportunity to break containers and take what’s inside. I would say all 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 did not respond to reports of train theft unless that Union Pacific doesn’t ask them for help, which they say is rare. ”outlet reports.

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

Sources told the outlet that the runways section was cleaned up about a month ago, meaning the current mess only dates back to the last thirty days. Sources added that the runways were also cleaned three months ago.

Union Pacific provided CBSLA with a statement on this matter:

“The 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 railway offenses pose a serious threat to the safety of the public, our employees and local law enforcement.

“We have increased the number of Union Pacific Special Constables on patrol, and we have used and explored additional technology 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 indicated “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.

Thousands of stolen packages cover the rail tracks in downtown LA

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