The video shows a Los Angeles train line littered with thousands of looted packages as a thief attacks an unmanned container.


The yellow United Pacific train seen from the front. Two men in hibis jackets cling to the sides.

File image of the United Pacific train held in Council Bluffs, Iowa in 2014.Nati Harnick / AP Photo

  • CBS photographers have shot stunning footage of looted luggage along the LA railroad line.

  • The video seems to show the extent of the theft from a train container near Union Pacific Terminal.

  • Sources told CBS that Union Pacific’s container locks are easy to unlock and relatively easy to steal.

Thousands of empty looted luggage scattered along the Los Angeles railroad line have been captured in a video, highlighting what appears to be a chronic theft from a freight container.

CBS Los Angeles photographer John Schreber posted a series of videos on a Twitter thread on Thursday, saying he headed for a truck in the Lincoln Heights area of ​​the city after hearing about the theft from a train on a local police scanner. Stated.

In Lincoln Heights, a densely populated area in central LA, train tracks are concentrated at the Union Pacific (UP) Terminal and the United Parcel Service (UPS) Customer Center where trains unload cargo.

Schreiber estimated that at least one-fifth of the containers seen on the truck were targeted and the doors were open and unlocked.

“There are packages that have been looted as far as we can see,” he wrote. He reported that he found luggage from UPS and Amazon scattered on the truck.

Schreiber also found items such as EpiPen and the COVID-19 test kit. Such items were not considered well worth the thief’s taking, CBSLA reported..

A further video of Schreiber shows the ground where cardboard and opened packages are densely scattered on both sides of the truck.

UP agent is the main responsibility To guard the truck and the surrounding area. According to CBS LA, police will not respond to reports from the area unless UP asks for help. LAPD Interactive Crime Map No thefts have been reported in the area.

An unnamed source also told CBSLA that locking Union Pacific containers could be easily unlocked. This makes theft easier, in addition to the lack of police involvement.

Union Pacific did not immediately respond to insider overtime comment requests, but told CBSLA that it was “extremely concerned” about the increase in theft.

According to Schreiber, the area has been cleaned by staff twice in the last three months, giving the impression of a large number of thefts.

UP said in a statement to CBSLA that it had taken action on this issue.

“We increased the number of Union Pacific Special Agents on patrol and investigated using additional technology to help combat this criminal activity,” he said.

“We will also continue to work with local law enforcement partners and elected leaders.”

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