If you’re wondering what happened to that delayed package you were expecting, you can check it out here.
Shocking video footage shot by CBS News shows a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles littered with thousands of packages after looters looted shipping containers.
And according to the outlet, it wasn’t just once, the footage was captured just 30 days after railway employees cleaned up a similar scene.
I keep hearing LA train robberies on the scanner, so I went to #LincolnHeights to see it all. And… there are looted packages as far as the eye can see. amazon Packages, @UPS Boxes, unused Covid test, fishing lures, epi pens. Freight containers left open on trains. @CBSLApic.twitter.com/JvNF4UVy2K
Sources told the station that container locks are easy to cut; the thieves wait until the cars are parked and rob the cargo, taking anything of value and leaving behind the sea of shredded packages.
UPS packages are among the most prized by looters, as they are more likely to contain valuables destined for residential addresses.
Tell me the law enforcement theses @UPS The bags are especially sought after by thieves who open shipping containers… they are often full of boxes with merchandise destined for residential addresses. More valuable than, say, a shipping container full of bulky, low-value items like toilet paper. pic.twitter.com/Tj5bQNIeby
As you can see, trains frequently slow down or stop in this area as they enter the @PacificUnion Intermodal facility near downtown Los Angeles. Thieves take this opportunity to break open containers and take what’s inside. I would say that one in four or five train cars had open containers. pic.twitter.com/PHpujyB84M
Missing a package? Delayed shipping? Perhaps your package is among the thousands we found lying along the tracks. This is just one area where robbers target trains. We were told this area was cleaned 30 days ago, so what you see is all within the last month. @CBSLApic.twitter.com/43002DPyZa
When CBS reporters contacted some customers using package details, they had no idea their items were in the hands of looters or dumped on the side of a Los Angeles train track.
“Union Pacific is deeply concerned about the increase in cargo theft in California, and we have taken several steps to address this criminal activity,” the company said in a statement. “These rail crimes pose a serious threat to the safety of the public, our employees and local law enforcement.”
Responsibility for policing the railroad right-of-way rests with the Union Pacific Police…not local agencies like the LAPD. We saw Union Pacific police chasing two people off the tracks today and keeping an eye on things. pic.twitter.com/M5aQSrkGZW
“We have increased the number of Union Pacific special agents on patrol, and 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.”
Responsibility for policing the tracks rests with Union Pacific’s own officers. LAPD said they only respond to train robberies when asked to do so by the company, which is rare.