Chief Michael Moor of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) says numerous firearms have recently been stolen during robberies of freight trains near downtown Los Angeles.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Moore said, “People were … breaking into these containers and stealing firearms, tens of firearms…That gave us the great concern as a source again of further violence in the city as people were capitalizing on the transport of these containers with having little or no policing or security services there.”
Deputy Chief Al Labra mentioned that the department managed to recover “numerous guns,” which were allegedly stolen from freight trains.
The news outlet noted that “Union Pacific runs about 275 miles of tracks in Los Angeles County, where since December 2020 an average of 90 containers a day have been burglarized.”
According to the Associated Press, it seems photos of discarded boxes and garbage around the tracks of LA’s Union Pacific have been widespread. Much of the said garbage is made up of boxes that thieves opened and emptied during their robberies of the freight cars.