America, Jan 15: Thieves have been raiding cargo containers aboard train nearing downtown Los Angeles for months, taking Amazon packages belonging to people across the country and leaving the tracks blanketed with discarded boxes.
Keep hearing of train burglaries in LA on the scanner so went to #LincolnHeights to see it all. And… there’s looted packages as far as the eye can see. Amazon packages, @UPS boxes, unused Covid tests, fishing lures, epi pens. Cargo containers left busted open on trains. @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/JvNF4UVy2K
— John Schreiber (@johnschreiber) January 13, 2022
The packages on the train are from retailers including Amazon, REI and others reported. The sea of debris left behind includes items that the thieves apparently didn’t think were valuable enough to take.
While cameras were on the spot one person running off with a container used to hold small packages, and a Union Pacific railroad police officer was spotted pursuing two other people who were apparently going through packages.
This is not the first time but the scene was the same in November when NBC4 showed thousands of boxes discarded along the tracks lined with homeless encampments northeast of downtown in the Lincoln Park area.