Los Angeles: Thousands of packages stolen from tracks where thieves rob cargo trains


If you’re expecting a package and didn’t get it, it could have been stolen off a train near downtown Los Angeles.

Trains carrying crates of orders are being robbed, leaving packages strewn across a Union Pacific Railroad track.

The thieves steal freight trains as they slow down or stop. Left behind are hundreds if not thousands of packages — some empty and some not.

One box was full of COVID-19 home-testing kits — a precious product tough to buy at many pharmacies. One bag contained a lot of UPS packages that were bound for homes all across America. A discarded Amazon envelope was not even opened.

Some of the boxes contained goods for America’s empty shelves.

The track, which is littered with boxes, stretches as far in both directions as the eye can see. The entire section was cleared up in mid-December. This means that the entire mess was caused by train robberies which occurred within the past month.

A Union Pacific spokesman told Inside Edition, “While criminals are being caught and arrested, charges are reduced to a misdemeanor or petty offense and the person is back on the streets in less than 24 hours after paying a nominal fine. The truth is that criminals tell our officers there is no punishment.

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