Thieves attack rail freight containers in Los Angeles – San Bernardino Sun

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thieves have looted cargo containers on trains near downtown Los Angeles for months, leaving the tracks covered in discarded packages.

The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were of sufficient value to take away, CBSLA reported Thursday.

While CBSLA cameras were on the scene, a person was seen running away with a container used to hold small packages, and a Union Pacific Railroad police officer was seen chasing two other people who were apparently going through packages.

The scene was the same in November, when NBC4 showed thousands of boxes thrown along lanes lined with homeless encampments northeast of downtown in the Lincoln Park area.

Passing trains carried containers with doors wide open and falling packages, NBC4 reported. The video showed two men, one holding what looked like bolt cutters, walking along the tracks, the station said.

Union Pacific said in a statement to CBSLA that the railroad is concerned about the increase in cargo flights in California.

“We have increased the number of Union Pacific Special Agents on patrol, and we 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,” the railroad said.

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