Thieves find a new source of stolen goods: delivery trucks and trains

Footage from the video shows empty boxes along train tracks in Los Angeles after thieves broke into Union Pacific freight trains.

Source: NBC4 | Los Angeles

Instead of shoplifting in stores, some thieves focus on another target: trains and delivery trucks full of packages on their way to customers’ doors.

UPS General Manager Carol Tome said Friday that one of the company’s 18-wheeler trucks was broken into in Atlanta in the early hours of the morning. She said thieves hijacked the truck after the driver left one of the delivery company’s largest delivery centres.

“He was arrested at gunpoint. He was tied up, thrown in the back of his feed car and they took the packages,” she said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” . The theft took place in late December, according to an NBC report.

In downtown Los Angeles, video from the local CBS station shows looted packages littering the train tracks. According to the report, the thieves raided cargo containers and left behind cardboard boxes that carried purchases from Amazon and REI, some with UPS labels and tracking numbers. These abandoned boxes carried goods ranging from unused Covid tests and fishing lures to EpiPens, according to tweets from one of the TV channel’s reporters.

According to an NBCLA report, thefts have been a recurring problem in recent months.

Footage from the video shows empty boxes along train tracks in Los Angeles after thieves broke into Union Pacific freight trains.

Source: NBC4 | Los Angeles

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