Railroad-Train Robbery – HEART Seizes Over $100,000 in Stolen Property Along the Tracks
POMONA – The homeless have another blight on their landscape, as of August 21, 2021.
Pomona’s Homeless Encampment Action Response Team (HEART) uncovered some serious goings- on along the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.
While working clean-up in the homeless community along the tracks encompassing the area bordering Humane Way, to the east, and Temple Avenue, to the west – HEART uncovered numerous packaging- intact items. This unusual find was brought to the attention of the Union Pacific Railroad Police.
“Union Pacific trains have been a recent target for thefts over the past several months,” announced Sgt. Brad Paulson, of Pomona Police Department’s Quality of Life Unit. “During the investigation HEART crew members located over $100,000 of various products.”
Union Pacific Railroad Police confirmed that recovered items had been, indeed, stolen from one Union Pacific Train. The find included vehicle tires, small kitchen appliances and fixtures, major appliances, auto-related parts, clothing, shoes, cleaning supplies, baby-related items and various household items.
Investigators have turned over the recovered property to the union Pacific Railroad, and are continuing their ongoing investigation by delving into suspect leads at this time. Life for the homeless is difficult enough during this searing heat, especially during the many shutdowns and medical emergencies of the Pandemic – but now, this unsettling turn of events has rocked their fragile living situation.