Thieves target another source for stolen goods: Delivery trucks and trains full of packages

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  • Trains and delivery trucks have become the target of some thieves who are looking for items to steal and sell.
  • Major retailers including Target and Best Buy have spoken out about organized theft and urged Congress to make it harder for criminals to make money online from stolen goods.
  • UPS chief executive Carol Tome said Friday that the number of robberies at the delivery company “is not materially high, but it is something we all need to be concerned about.”

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Instead of stealing from stores, some thieves are focusing on another target: trains and delivery trucks full of packages on their way to customers’ doors.

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UPS Chief Executive Officer Carol Tome said Friday that one of the company’s 18-wheeled trucks was robbed early this morning in Atlanta. He said thieves hijacked the truck after the driver left one of the delivery company’s biggest hubs.

“He was stopped at gunpoint. He was zip-tied, his feeder was thrown in the back of the car and they took the packages,” she said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” The theft happened in late December According to the report of NBC News.

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in the city of Los Angeles, A video from the local CBS station Shows looted packages scattered on train tracks. According to the report, the thieves raided cargo containers and left behind cardboard boxes making purchases from Amazon and REI, some containing UPS labels and tracking numbers. Those abandoned boxes contained goods ranging from unused COVID tests and fishing lures to EpiPens, according to Tweet from one of the TV station’s journalists.

According to A report by NBCLATheft has been a constant issue in recent months.

Organized theft has garnered more attention from major retailers and trade groups, following shameless ransacks at stores like Nordstrom and concerns that thieves could steal and sell goods online anonymously. CEOs of companies including Target, Neiman Marcus, Levi Strauss & Co. and Walgreens sent a letter to Congress last month, urging legislation to make third-party markets for criminals to “fake screennames and false business information.” hide behind” becomes difficult. ,

Best Buy CEO Corey Barry said the crimes – which are sometimes violent – have posed employee challenges for retailers trying to find and retain employees during the pandemic.

The UPS tome said there was no significant change in the number of robberies at the delivery company. She said the company is helping customers who have impacted packages and its security team is “leaning massively to try to protect our customers’ packages and our cargo.”

“I wouldn’t say it’s more than a physical one, but it’s something we all need to be concerned about,” she said.

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