California police arrest 5 suspects in cargo train theft

Officers responded around 11:30 p.m. Sunday to a call from a witness who saw several suspects appearing to break into a train car on railroad tracks near 190th Street and Hawthorne Boulevard, the Torrance Police Department said.

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The witness told police they spotted the suspects carrying boxes off the train cars.

Five people have been arrested in Torrance, California, after getting caught with boxes stolen off a cargo train, according to police.

Five people have been arrested in Torrance, California, after getting caught with boxes stolen off a cargo train, according to police. (Torrance Police Department)

Officers detained one suspect shortly after arriving at the scene. Four more suspects were detained during a search of the area around the railroad tracks.

An investigation determined that some train cars had their locks cut and forced open, and were missing cargo, police said. Near the detained suspects, officers said they recovered small generators still in their boxes that had been stolen from the train cars.

All five suspects were arrested and charged with burglary, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.

Police said the arrests come amid recent reports of a ‘dramatic increase’ in rail car thefts. 

The most notable thefts have occurred in the Los Angeles area. Photos and videos of the railroads in Los Angeles have prompted questions about what officials are doing to combat rail theft and how these thefts are impacting an already-stressed U.S. supply chain. 

A train stops as shredded boxes and packages are seen at a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

A train stops as shredded boxes and packages are seen at a section of the Union Pacific train tracks in downtown Los Angeles Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Various members of Congress have sent letters to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking for help in addressing the matter.

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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