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Supply chain collapse worsening with massive thefts of merchandise from unguarded trains in L.A.

Supply chain collapse worsening with massive thefts of merchandise from unguarded trains in L.A.

(Natural News) In the midst of an ever-worsening supply chain crisis comes a new threat that is making it worse: Mass theft of merchandise from idle, poorly guarded trains hauling cargo containers to all parts of the country.

As reported by The Epoch Times, bands of thieves are raiding cargo trains in Los Angeles County, leaving a sea of boxes (and some merchandise) strewn over hundreds of yards of track.:

The issue of abandoned stolen goods went viral with nearly 50,000 likes and 40,000 combined shares on Twitter on Jan. 14 by CBS 2 photojournalist John Schreiber after posting videos of thousands of discarded packages littering the ground outside Union Pacific’s LA Transportation Center, in the neighborhood of Lincoln Heights, about three miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

“Missing a package? Shipment delayed? Maybe your package is among the thousands we found discarded along the tracks,” Schreiber wrote on Twitter. “This is but one area thieves have targeted trains.”

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What Schrieber found during his investigation was truly shocking.

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,” he wrote along with a short video clip showing a sea of discarded boxes.

“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,” he added.

“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” he continued.

According to Union Pacific spokesperson Robynn Tysver, thefts of rail cars have gone up about 160 percent over the past year, and much of that is due to the fact that L.A. County’s district attorney, George Gascon, a left-wing lunatic installed with George Soros’ money, won’t prosecute anyone.

Noting that Union Pacific has its own police force, Tysver said that the rail carrier has increased the number of special agents in and around the L.A. rail yards, having spent some $5 million on claims, losses, and damages due to rail thefts just in the last year, The Epoch Times reported.

“However, Union Pacific has not been contacted for any court proceedings,” Tysver said, meaning none of the 100-odd looters Union Pacific has turned over to L.A. County authorities have been prosecuted.

“While criminals are being caught and arrested, charges are reduced to a misdemeanor or petty offense and the person is back on the streets in less than 24 hours after paying a nominal fine,” Tysver said. “In fact, criminals boast to our officers that there is no consequence.”

The Democrat left is hell-bent on destroying our country, or at least the parts of it they control.

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