If you've wondered why some of your parcels and packages, traveling by rail for part of their journey, haven't arrived . . . wonder no longer. John Schreiber has posted a thread on Twitter, complete with videos and images, that uncovers a huge theft problem as trains pass through certain areas. I'd like to know how many similar areas exist in other parts of the country.
For convenience, here's part of Mr. Schreiber's thread from Threadreader.
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
I’m told by law enforcement these @UPS bags are especially sought after by thieves opening cargo containers… they are often full of boxes with merchandise bound for residential addresses. More valuable than say, a cargo container full of low value bulky items like toilet paper.
This opened package from @REI destined for Bainbridge Island, WA was taken off a train. Typing in the @UPS tracking # and it obviously lists it as “delayed.” We found lots of opened packages bound for the Northwest along this section of tracks.
As you can see, trains frequently slow or stop in this area as they get worked into the @UnionPacific Intermodal facility near Downtown LA. The thieves use this opportunity to break open containers and take what’s inside. I’d say every 4th or 5th rail car had opened containers.
Missing a package? Shipment delayed? Maybe your package is among the thousands we found discarded along the tracks. This is but one area thieves have targeted trains. We were told this area was just cleaned up 30 days ago so what you see is all within the last month. @CBSLA
There's more at the link, including several videos and images. It looks like Mr. Schreiber took a small drone with him to photograph the resulting mess from the air.
I understand law enforcement on railroad property is the responsibility of the railroad rather than local police. If so, why aren't they doing more to stop this? I'm sure thousands of customers whose packages have gone missing would love to know . . .