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Stolen packages and empty boxes, Thieves loot freight trains in Los Angeles

Train tracks in Los Angeles have been filled with empty boxes as thieves raid cargo containers.

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According to The New York Post, train tracks used for freight transport in Los Angeles resembled a garbage dump last week, as thieves have been raiding cargo containers and leaving shipping packaging in their wake.

The screwy scene at a section of Union Pacific train tracks was captured by CBSLA, which also filmed an apparent thief darting from the area while carrying packages, the New York Post reports.

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The sea of scrapped cardboard contained discarded items from Amazon, REI, and other popular retailers, the outlet reported.

Union Pacific acknowledged the cargo thefts in a statement to the news station and said they have taken steps to crack down on the crimes.

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The LAPD doesn’t respond to train thefts, sources told CBSLA, unless the freight company specifically requests help.

The tracks were littered with garbage this week, despite being cleared by Union Pacific workers about a month ago, the report said.

“These rail crimes pose a serious safety threat to the public, our employees, and local law enforcement officers,” Union Pacific said in a statement to the outlet.  “We have increased the number of Union Pacific special agents on patrol, and we have utilized and explored additional technologies to help us combat this criminal activity.”

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