Trains derail near LA site of the latest wave of freight thefts

  • A member of the media picks up a torn box at a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles, Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for several months and left the tracks covered with discarded packages.  The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.

    A member of the media picks up a torn box at a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles, Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for several months and left the tracks covered with discarded packages. The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.
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  • A train passes by shredded boxes and packages at a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for several months, leaving the tracks covered by discarded packages.  The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.

    A train passes by shredded boxes and packages at a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for several months, leaving the tracks covered by discarded packages. The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.
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  • Contractor Luis Rosas removes vehicle tires from the shredded boxes and packages along a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for months and left the tracks covered by discarded packages.  The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.

    Contractor Luis Rosas removes vehicle tires from the shredded boxes and packages along a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for months and left the tracks covered by discarded packages. The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.
    Associated Press

  • Shredded boxes and packages and debris are strewn along a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for several months, leaving traces covered by discarded packages.  The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.

    Shredded boxes and packages and debris are strewn along a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for several months, leaving traces covered by discarded packages. The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.
    Associated Press

  • Construction workers Adam Rodriguez, front, and Luis Rosas retrieve vehicle tires from the shredded boxes and packages along a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for months, leaving traces covered in discarded packages.  The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.

    Construction workers Adam Rodriguez, front, and Luis Rosas retrieve vehicle tires from the shredded boxes and packages along a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for months, leaving traces covered in discarded packages. The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.
    Associated Press

  • Shredded boxes and packages and debris are strewn along a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for several months, leaving traces covered by discarded packages.  The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.

    Shredded boxes and packages and debris are strewn along a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for several months, leaving traces covered by discarded packages. The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.
    Associated Press

  • Shredded boxes and packages and debris are strewn along a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for several months, leaving traces covered by discarded packages.  The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.

    Shredded boxes and packages and debris are strewn along a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for several months, leaving traces covered by discarded packages. The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.
    Associated Press

  • Construction workers Adam Rodriguez, front, and Luis Rosas retrieve vehicle tires from the shredded boxes and packages along part of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for months, leaving traces covered in discarded packages.  The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.

    Construction workers Adam Rodriguez, front, and Luis Rosas retrieve vehicle tires from the shredded boxes and packages along part of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for months, leaving traces covered in discarded packages. The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.
    Associated Press

  • Shredded boxes and packages and debris are strewn along a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for several months, leaving traces covered by discarded packages.  The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.

    Shredded boxes and packages and debris are strewn along a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for several months, leaving traces covered by discarded packages. The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.
    Associated Press

  • Shredded boxes and packages and debris are strewn along a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for several months, leaving traces covered by discarded packages.  The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.

    Shredded boxes and packages and debris are strewn along a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, January 14, 2022. Thieves have looted cargo containers aboard trains approaching downtown Los Angeles for several months, leaving traces covered by discarded packages. The sea of ​​debris left behind included items that the thieves apparently did not believe were valuable enough to take, CBSLA reported Thursday.
    Associated Press

  • LOS ANGELES – Crews made railroad repairs in Los Angeles on Monday after a train derailed near the place where the thieves looted freight containers, leaving the tracks filled with emptied boxes of packed goods shipped by retailers.

    It was not immediately clear if the derailment that happened Saturday was caused by the debris left by thieves in the Lincoln Heights area near downtown Los Angeles. Union Pacific said the cause of the derailment was under investigation.

    The derailment caused 17 train cars to derail, Union Pacific said in a statement. No injuries were reported.

    Freight containers on board trains have been exposed to thieves for several months, authorities said. The stolen packages are from retailers, including Amazon, REI and others, the CBSLA television news broadcast reported last Thursday.

    Union Pacific said in a statement to CBSLA that the railroad was concerned about increased freight thefts in California.

    ‘We have increased the number of Union Pacific Special Agents on patrol, and we have used and explored additional technologies to help us combat this criminal activity. We will also continue to work with our local law enforcement partners and elected leaders, the railway company said.

    Amazon said it addressed inquiries to police. United Parcel Service declined to comment on investigations into the cargo thefts, but said the company was cooperating with authorities.

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