Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Union Pacific Railroad Train Thefts, Los Angeles

"Thieves in LA are looting freight trains filled with packages from UPS, FedEx and Amazon" by Matt McFarland and Cheri Mossburg, © CNN, January 15, 2022. (News Article)

"Photos and videos showing piles of empty boxes littered alongside rail tracks in Los Angeles County, California have gone viral as shipping companies say they've seen a dramatic spike in railroad theft. Some of the boxes are packages from companies like UPS, Amazon and FedEx. Union Pacific ... says it may avoid operating in Los Angeles County following the spike in thefts, which it blames on lax prosecution of crimes. The containers and trains are locked, but can be broken into ... 160% year-over-year increase in theft in LA county. ... a December 2020 special directive issued by District Attorney George Gascón that changed how low-level offenses are prosecuted has contributed to the uptick. Union Pacific said ... that in the last three months of the year it made over 100 arrests of 'active criminals vandalizing our trains' ... arrested individuals are released from custody within 24 hours ... " [More]

[Courtesy Google Alerts.]

"Like our customers, [Union Pacific] is now contemplating serious changes to our operating plans to avoid Los Angeles County."

Union Pacific Railroad Train Thefts, Los Angeles
Union Pacific Railroad Train Thefts, Los Angeles

Union Pacific Railroad Train Thefts, Los Angeles. ©Union Pacific 2022

"Criminals are caught and arrested, turned over to local authorities for booking, arraigned before the local courts, charges are reduced to a misdemeanor or petty offense, and the criminal is released after paying a nominal fine.These individuals are generally caught and released back onto the streets in less than twenty-four hours. Even with all the arrests made, the no-cash bail policy and extended timeframe for suspects to appear in court is causing re-victimization to UP by these same criminals. In fact, criminals boast to our officers that charges will be pled down to simple trespassing – which bears no serious consequence. Without any judicial deterrence or consequence, it is no surprise that over the past year UP has witnessed the significant increase in criminal rail theft described above."

[The Union Pacific Railroad is not affiliated with the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum or CPRR.org]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also see, "How [George] Soros Is Almost Single-Handedly Destroying the US Justice System." —M. Dowling, December 5, 2021

1/18/2022 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Kristine Lazar @CBSLAKristine
Letter from @UnionPacific to @LADAOffice on rise in train robberies. 90 containers breached a day, theft up 356% says UP. UP considering rerouting it’s trains out of LA county. UP asks DA to be harder on theives. Says they’re back out on the tracks a day after released. @CBSLA"

1/18/2022 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the Union Pacific for standing up to the lawlessness of refusing to keep jailed or to prosecute serious criminals, by radical district attorneys, like the one in Los Angeles!

1/18/2022 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG. The pictures and video's look like a sci-fi movie of a dystopian wild west. What have they done to Los Angeles?

1/18/2022 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anti-vandalism suggestion for the Union Pacific to prevent looting of shipping containers (with marauders cutting the locks and opening the shipping containers' doors):

For container freight traffic in Los Angeles, stop using single length flatcars which are having their shipping containers vandalized because the doors are accessible.

Instead use double length flatcars in Los Angeles and orient the containers one forward and one reversed, i.e., so that the doors of both containers are blocked next to each other at the center of the double length flatcar, thus making it impossible for looters to access or open the doors of the shipping containers.

1/18/2022 9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shocked:  "It looks like a third world country. ... that's just not acceptable. ... I can't take it – I can't turn on the news any more. What the hell is going on? Clean it up!" California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) in Los Angeles, while viewing the results of the Union Pacific train robberies resulting in the tracks being strewn with thousands of stolen delivery boxes, January 20, 2022

1/24/2022 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since George Soros, his web of foundations, and the radical district attorneys that they got elected using his funds, while misleading the public, appear to have deliberately flaunted the criminal law, to cause this lawlessness, crime, mayhem, and societal breakdown, it is hard to understand why they are not arrested and prosecuted for obstruction of justice, conspiracy, RICO violations, and as accessories to the repeated crimes.

1/26/2022 8:48 AM  

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