Breathtaking aerial photos show THOUSANDS of unopened packages stolen from freight containers carried by trains as they stop outside LA
- A series of shocking photos revealed thousands of packages scattered across a Los Angeles railroad as thieves continue to loot freight containers
- Debris left by looters was covered along Union Pacific train tracks with shredded boxes and discarded products such as unused COVID test vials
- Thieves have targeted products deemed valuable from companies such as Amazon, REI, and UPS on their way to West Coast homes
- Over the past month, looters have used materials such as bolt cutters to break in and drop packages from the open containers.
- Union Pacific has since increased their security presence to tackle looting crimes
Shocking aerial photos have captured the debris of a thousand shredded packages along a California railroad left behind amid a freight looting crisis.
The Los Angeles area continues to see a rising trend in thieves looting freight containers of valuable items on Union Pacific tracks from companies such as Amazon, REI and UPS headed for West Coast homes.
The photos show the discarded packages left behind by the looters who have since covered the tracks with a significant amount of debris.
A range of discarded products such as unused COVID test vials and pharmaceutical drugs deemed obsolete were also discarded.
Packages have also been seen spilled from open containers, as thieves have used materials such as bolt cutters to break the locks when the train is stationary or moving slowly.
An increased security presence on the track has since been enforced by Union Pacific to catch potential looters inspecting the area.
Shocking aerial footage captured the debris left behind by thieves looting packages from freight containers on Los Angeles’ railroads
The freight containers on Union Pacific tracks have been heavily attacked by looters who stole valuable packaged items from companies such as Amazon, REI and UPS
Shredded boxes and packages are scattered across the tracks as a result of a month of looting
A train drives through the rubble-filled tracks while a person is seen carrying discarded items found nearby
The railway company has since released a statement addressing growing concerns about cargo theft on the track.
“Union Pacific is deeply concerned about increased cargo thefts in California and we have taken several steps to address this criminal activity,” they said in a statement.
“This train crime poses a serious threat to the safety of the public, our employees and local law enforcement.
“We have increased the number of Union Pacific special agents on patrol and we have used and researched additional technologies to help us combat this criminal activity.
“We will also continue to work with our local law enforcement partners and elected leaders.”
Packages containing items deemed of little value, such as COVID tests, were left by the looters
Unused test vials and other pharmaceutical drugs were seen scattered along the tracks
Union Pacific estimates about 90 packages per day are compromised
The company has continued to report crimes on the tracks, as the debris that had accumulated was the result of just a month of cargo looting.
They also estimate that about 90 packages per day are compromised, according to Fox.
Despite these concerns, the LAPD has said they will not respond to these types of crimes unless asked for assistance by the company.
However, Union Pacific has its own police force that actively patrols the tracks.
Contractor contractors carry car tires found among the shredded boxes and packages
Security guards have continued to keep an eye out for potential looters on the ground trying to sneak through containers or packages to steal
Packages still spilled from passing trains that had been broken into by the looters
Thieves have used materials such as bolt cutters to break into the freight containers
It is not the first time this year has been targeted by freight containers.
Freight break-ins were also reported in November during the supply chain crisis when trains bound for Los Angeles ports were looted.
The freight trains had passed through an area of tracks lined with homeless camps where thieves allegedly cut through the carts with bolt cutters.
City officials then moved the shipping containers to vacant lots to prevent further thefts.