Missing your Amazon package? It could have been stolen by thieves looting trains in LA
Photos and videos showing piles of empty boxes littered alongside rail tracks in Los Angeles County, California have gone viral as shipping companies say they've seen a dramatic spike in railroad theft. Some of the boxes are packages from companies like UPS, Amazon and FedEx.
It's like a scene out of a disaster movie. Thousands of boxes littering the Union pacific train tracks in downtown L. A. But unlike in Hollywood, these aren't props their packages belonging to people from all over the country from retailers like amazon and thieves have been raiding the cargo containers on the trains that stop here to unload for months leaving behind shredded boxes and things they don't want. Like these home covid tests. Sources tell me the locks union pacific uses are easy to cut and he says it won't respond to reports of a train robbery unless Union pacific asked them for help. Which tells us is rare when we were out we saw someone running off with a container used to hold smaller packages. We also saw an officer with Union pacific Chase after two other people who appeared to be rifling through packages And this is video of USC campus police arresting one of the suspected thieves last month in his car. And officer tells us this bag filled with lifted goods from the train tracks. A source tells me that these tracks right here were cleaned up just about 30 days ago and already as you can see there are thousands of boxes littering these tracks. In other words, this is a very big problem. This is video of union pacific crews cleaning up back on december 11th around the same time someone snapped this photo of boxes spilling out of the back of the train. We found this package and entered the ups tracking information. It shows it's in transit and will arrive today. Did you send something back to amazon recently? We also found an amazon package with a woman in Washington's name and phone number on it. We called her and texted her a photo of her package. So there was something you sent back but you just had no idea that it never made it to its intended a statement. Union pacific Railroad said these rail crimes pose a serious safety threat to the public. Our employees and local law enforcement officers, we have increased the number of union pacific special agents on patrol and we have utilized and explored additional technologies to help us combat this criminal activity. But local law enforcement who work around these tracks tell me they don't see thieves shipping off anytime soon in downtown La Kristine Lazar Cbs two News.