LOS ANGELES – Stolen cargo valued at approximately $18 million was recovered and more than 90 arrests were made during a yearlong investigation into train burglaries in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday.
The LAPD established the Train Burglary Task Force in July 2021 to combat the trend of train burglaries. The task force, working with the Union Pacific Railroad Police, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Police, and other law enforcement agencies, identified two predominant “fences” and two burglary crews consisting of about 26 suspects, police said.
The task force has executed almost 50 search warrants during the investigation, which has lead to multiple criminal case filings by state and federal prosecutors, police said.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the train burglaries was asked to call the LAPD 877-527-3247. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.