Hundreds of packages were reportedly stolen from a Union Pacific railroad in Los Angeles, where most Amazon packages were targeted by thieves.
Video footage showed hundreds, if not thousands, of packages dumped on the railroad tracks north of downtown Los Angeles in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood.
A video posted to YouTube showed Amazon packages and Covid test kits, as well as a range of items thrown around the tracks.
Another video from CBS Los Angeles showed similar evidence, and the news channel could have found tracking information for a package classified as “in transit” but which had in fact been dumped from its container.
On Thursday, a source from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) told CBSLA that thieves were targeting rail containers belonging to Union Pacific and the containers were allegedly “easy” to access.
The LAPD made no arrests in the wake of the theft, which was the latest in a series of Union Pacific rail container raids in Lincoln Heights.
It was not clear when the last raid took place.
In a raid last month, an individual was reportedly arrested by police at the University of Southern California campus and was found with a bag containing items stolen from rail containers.
Union Pacific was forced to clean up the site after the raid.
The Union Pacific said an apparent increase in railroad thefts in California was a cause of “concern” and that it had “taken several steps to combat this criminal activity,” in a statement.
“We have increased the number of Union Pacific Special Constables on patrol, and we have used and explored additional technology to help us combat this criminal activity. We will also continue to work with our local law enforcement partners and elected leaders, ”he added.
The independent has contacted the LAPD and Amazon for comment.
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