Piles of empty boxes dumped alongside train tracks in Los Angeles County, California represent the dramatic robberies that the trains of several companies of U.S, including boxes from UPS, Amazon and FedEx.
The crimes would be associated, according to experts, with increases in poverty in the United States, which increased as the coronavirus pandemic progressed. The Association of American Railroads expressed concern about the increase in crime.
Passing trains were carrying containers with their doors wide open and packages falling out, NBC4 reported. A video showed two men, one of them with what appeared to be a shears, walking along the tracks, the station said. Packages are from retailers like Amazon, REI and others, CBSLA reported. The sea of debris left behind includes items the thieves apparently didn’t think were valuable enough to take. cith homeless encampments northeast of downtown, in the Lincoln Park area.
Amazon said it was directing investigations to police. United Parcel Service, UPS, declined to comment on the cargo theft investigations but said it was cooperating with authorities. “The safety of our customers’ and employees’ assets is our highest priority,” UPS said in a statement.
Union Pacific, meanwhile, said in a statement to CBSLA that the railroad was concerned about rising cargo thefts in California. The company has its own police department with jurisdiction over the more than 52,000 kilometers of roads it owns.
While CBSLA cameras were on the scene, one person was seen running away with a container used to store small packages, and a Union Pacific Railroad police officer was seen chasing two other people who were apparently checking packages. The scene was the same in November, when NBC4 showed thousands of discarded boxes along the tracks lined