A CBS photographer captured stunning footage of looted packages along an LA railroad line.
The video appears to show the extent of theft from train containers near a Union Pacific terminal.
Sources told CBS that Union Pacific container locks are easy to cut, making theft relatively simple.
Thousands of empty, looted packages scattered along Los Angeles railroads have been captured on video, highlighting what appears to be chronic theft from cargo containers.
CBS Los Angeles photographer John Schreiber posted a series of videos in a Twitter thread Thursday in which he said he was on his way to the tracks in the Lincoln Heights area of the city after hearing about train thefts on the local police scanner.
At Lincoln Heights – a densely populated area in central LA – the train tracks converge on a Union Pacific (UP) terminal as well as a United Parcel Service (UPS) customer center, where trains load their cargo.
Schreiber estimated that at least one in five of the containers he saw on the rails had been targeted, with doors open and locks cut.
“There are looted packages as far as the eye can see,” he wrote. He reported finding packages from UPS and Amazon scattered across the tracks.
Schreiber also found items such as Epi Pens and COVID-19 test kits. Such items were not considered valuable enough to be taken by thieves, It reported CBS LA.
Additional videos from Schreibers show the ground densely filled with cardboard and open packages on either side of the tracks.
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