If you’re missing a package from Amazon, UPS, REI, or just about any major shipping company, your goods may be strewn across train tracks in Los Angeles.
In a series of videos posted to social media by CBSLA photojournalist John Schreiber, countless looted packages from cargo containers – including unused COVID tests, fishing lures, epi-pens, and more – can be seen looted or dumped around the Union Pacific Intermodal Facility in Downtown Los Angeles.
Schreiber notes that cargo trains are often targeted by thieves in the liberal-run city due to their high value and ease of access. As the trains slow to enter facility, looters break into as many cargo containers as possible. The locks used by Union Pacific are easy to break, according to CBSLA. Schreiber estimates that every 4th or 5th rail car had open containers in his footage.
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 pic.twitter.com/JvNF4UVy2K
— John Schreiber (@johnschreiber) January 13, 2022
In the replies to Schreiber’s thread, Twitter users posted photographs and videos from cargo container break-ins from across LA County over the past year. Many responded with questions over why LA’s notorious environmentalist movement with the city’s leadership said nothing of the mounting piles of trash created by the thieves targeting the trains. Other users focused on law enforcement.
The policing of the rail cars does not fall under Los Angeles Police Department jurisdiction. The responsibility is handled by Union Pacific police. LAPD can step in to support with robberies, but only if Union Pacific ask for support, which they claim rarely happens despite mail theft being a federal offense.
After a CBSLA story on the subject, Union Pacific released a statement that detailed how they are “very concerned about the increased cargo thefts in California, and we have taken several steps to address this criminal activity,” including increasing “the number of Union Pacific special agents on patrol, and we have utilized and explored additional technologies to help us combat this criminal activity.”
However, California (and LA) has a no-cash bail system. If a defendant can’t afford to pay their bail, they just don’t have to. Most thieves are released to reoffend within 24 hours of arrest, which the Los Angeles Times claims reduces the “consequences of incarceration.”
All thefts valued at or under $950 are considered misdemeanors. The shifting language and parameters of crime in California means that official statistics and reports show that crime is decreasing, whereas the LAPD has issues warnings of the current crime wave sweeping through the county.
LA has seen an explosion in crime since Soros-backed District Attorney George Gascon took office in 2019. Auto thefts have increased almost 50 percent in the past two years. Gang-related crimes have risen upwards of 200 percent.
Almost half a million people have left California in the last year amidst the growing homeless crisis, affordability, freedom, and safety. LA’s mayor, Eric Garcetti, was appointed Ambassador to India under the Biden Regime.
Garcetti is part of LA’s career-political elite. He has openly praised the Chinese Community Party’s (CCP) United Front Work Department (UFWD) for their work in neutralizing sources of opposition (or potential opposition) to CCP policy. All but one of the potential Mayoral candidates to replace Garcetti are career-politicians, having actively worked to maintain the lawlessness of LA that has seen so many people flee the city and state.