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Fifteen people were arrested in what investigators call an elaborate commercial burglary ring that could affect you the next time you go shopping.
California Highway Patrol investigators served five search warrants across Los Angeles County in late February and recovered half-a-million dollars' worth of stolen goods after stopping a crew of alleged cargo thieves. The thieves allegedly took truckloads of clothing, cosmetics, electronics and more.
The CHP's Cargo Theft Interdiction Program says members of an alleged theft crew would cut holes in the walls of businesses and load vans up with merchandise. Other times they were more brazen, picking up box after box of merchandise in broad daylight and driving away.
Investigators say cargo thefts cost California $2 million per day and $15-25 billion a year nationally. The losses include jobs and sometimes even lives.
The California Department of Insurance says companies that take a loss when their items are stolen will likely pass the cost on to consumers. The CHP says some of the stolen goods were resold at swap meets, where some shoppers may have unwittingly ended up buying those stolen goods.
Great turn out for the 1st Quarter Midwest Cargo Security Council Meeting. Thank you to ULTA for hosting and Eric Gallien Associate Director at Illinois Trucking Association for presenting very informative information on the trucking industry to the group
The Midwest Cargo Security Council is happy to announce the addition of Jeff Clark with 7P to the Board of the Midwest Cargo Security Council
Jeff is the CEO and founder of 7P and has a very unique background that combines 27 years managing global logistics companies and seven years directly involved in the life sciences industry.
Jeff retired from the freight forwarding industry in 2003 to become part of a nine person team who started BioStorage Technologies a global organization recognized as the benchmark for providing management, logistics, and storage services of biological samples to the life science industry.
He brings a variety of strengths to 7P, including supply chain security, software development, implementation and integration.
Jeff's other expertise includes Good Manufacturing Practices, Food Safety Act, Dangerous Goods transport by ground and air and import and export regulations around the world. He resides south of Indianapolis and obtained IATA/FIATA certification in 1982.
By Assignment Desk, Fox 5 News
CONNECTSpringfield, Mo. -- (1/26/2018) Five Texas men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for stealing 650 firearms from United Parcel Service trailers in Springfield en route to Bass Pro Shops.
Frank McChriston, 33, of Ponder, Texas, Keith Lowe, 28, of Dallas, Texas, Quinton Haywood, 26, of Glenn Heights, Texas and Eric White, 26, and Derrick White, 32, both of Texas, were charged in a two-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Wednesday. The federal indictment replaces a criminal complaint that was filed under seal on December 29, 2017. The five co-defendants were arrested in Texas, where they remain in federal custody pending transportation to the Western District of Missouri.
The indictment charges each of the five defendants in one count of aiding and abetting one another to steal firearms being shipped across state lines, from Beretta USA in Maryland to the state of Missouri. The indictment also charges each of the five defendants in one count of aiding and abetting one another to possess stolen firearms.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the original federal criminal complaint, Derrick and Eric White, McChriston, Lowe and Haywood stole 650 firearms, along with other cargo, from UPS trailers in Springfield in October 2017.
The firearms were in the process of being shipped from Beretta Firearms in Maryland to Bass Pro Shops in Springfield. The trailers in which the firearms were shipped had been parked in the UPS freight lot in a configuration to prevent access to the trailer doors, by being parked back-to-back, with the roll-up doors facing each other. The trailers were then blocked by longer trailers, which should have acted as a preventative measure from someone backing a truck-tractor to the trailer and pulling it forward.
Sometime between noon on October 28, 2017, and 8:30 a.m. on October 29, 2017, thieves hot-wired two truck-tractors and used them to push and pull various trailers around the lot, allowing the thieves access to the trailer doors. Thieves stole 600 Beretta .380-caliber handguns and 54 Beretta12-gauge shotguns, as well as an entire pallet of Justin brand boots, numerous power tools and 12 cases of soda. UPS employees discovered the theft on October 29, 2017, and notified law enforcement.
The next day, Best Way Moving & Storage in Springfield discovered that a truck had been stolen sometime after noon on October 28, 2017. On November 8, 2017, the stolen truck was found in Seagoville, Texas, which is in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
According to the affidavit, cell phone tower records indicated that the cell phones of Derrick White, Eric White, McChriston, Lowe and Haywood all were in the vicinity of the UPS freight facility in Springfield at or near the time of the theft. Investigators determined that all five cell phones left the Dallas metroplex on October 27, 2017, arrived in Springfield on October 28, 2017, and returned to the Dallas metroplex on October 29, 2017. Haywood’s phone was also in the area where the stolen truck from Best Way Moving was recovered in Seagoville.
Eric and Derrick White were located at Redneck Heaven Restaurant & Bar in Arlington, Texas, on November 19, 2017, and arrested on outstanding warrants from an unrelated case. A Beretta .380-caliber handgun was found in Derrick White’s car as it was being towed; investigators confirmed the firearm had been stolen from the shipment of firearms in the Springfield UPS freight facility. Additional items consistent with those stolen in the UPS theft were located in Derrick White’s vehicle, including a Milwaukee M18 2 Toll Combo Kit, still in the box, and two SOG folding knives, still in the box.
A loaded Taurus 9mm pistol was found in Eric White’s car. Investigators also recovered two sets of bolt cutters and two key rings containing several keys from Eric White’s car. The keys were the type commonly used for tractor trailer trucks and fork lifts, and circular keys common for storage units and vending machines.
The Midwest Cargo Security Council would like to acknowledge Member Brian Kiel -Nestle' USA who is retiring soon for all of his contributions to the Midwest Cargo Security Council over the years.
A member company recently had a full truckload of lading being held “hostage” by a small trucking company. Unknown to the trucking company, this load had four freight brokers involved prior to his accepting and getting loaded. By Agreement/contract, multiple brokers are not allowed on our loads. The problem was already 5 days old by the time I received notice of the situation. I immediately contacted the Midwest Cargo Security Council for assistance. With their immediate assistance, the carrier holding our load “hostage” agreed to allow the load to be transferred to another trucking company to facilitate the return of the lading to the shipping location. Thanks to the MWCSC help brought this incident to a speedy conclusion! Thank you again, as I couldn’t have resolved this “hostage” situation without your assistance. It is an honor to be a member of the Midwest Cargo Security Council.
CHICAGO -- Chicago streets are marked with the remnants of gun violence.
In a continuing look at how illegal guns are flowing into Chicago, WGN Investigates shows that modern day train robberies are bringing hundreds of guns to our city.
The train robberies of the past are legendary, glorified in the movies. There are stories of shoot outs and explosions. Unfortunately, it hasn’t stayed in the past. Today, train robberies are still happening, perhaps with less drama, but every bit as serious. The weapon of choice is a simple bolt cutter while a train sits hidden in the weeds waiting to pass through some of Chicago’s roughest neighborhoods.
It is a slow and meandering path to pass through the city, sometimes taking a full day to move through, says Senator Emil Jones III. During some of that time Jones says, “Trains are sitting in high-crime neighborhoods. It’s just a potential target to get broken into.”
Thefts are happening. A lot - hundreds of times. WGN Investigates requested five years of Chicago Police records. What we found is that trains have been hit more than 400 times over that period. The loot hidden behind the doors could be anything from tennis shoes to serious firepower including ammo and guns. That immediately catches the attention of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – ATF.
The Special Agent in Charge in Chicago Jeffrey Magee says, “Some of the people who stole the guns could be looking for anything. They could be looking for computers, furs, coats, all of that.” But he adds, ominously, “It just so happened one car had firearms in it. You don’t know, the cars are not marked with firearms.”
Thieves stole guns from trains in Chicago at least four times that we know of. In December, 2009, 319 guns were taken from 116th and Torrence. In May 2014, 13 guns were stolen from 61st and Lafayette.
In April 2015, a cargo train containing firearms from the Ruger factory in New Hampshire was en route to Spokane, Washington. It parked overnight at a rail yard in South Chicago. ATF didn’t get involved in the case until the train stopped in Spokane.
According to Magee, “Any firearms through inter-state that are stolen we get involved in that. So we’re working jointly with the police department now on that.”
A month later, Chicago Police arrested two other guys trying to steal from the railcars. The tip led to a crew using names like Manki, Rat, and A-dog.
In court, the story came out. One night, in a twist of fate, two gangs ended up at the same boxcar. They joined forces to grab some loot. Using bolt cutter the crooks hit the motherlode. There were so many weapons they could only take a third of the shipment – 111 guns.
As for the guns, only 16 or so have been recovered. The rest, who knows, probably on the streets of Chicago.
Magee adds, “So the manufacturer is shipping the firearms via train or airline so through that process before it even gets to the retailer there is a breakdown right now in security to us.”
And yes, it happened again in September when 33 more guns were taken from boxcars.
Think about this. It’s a sort of gun rabbit-hole. It’s not the shippers fault. It’s not the dealers’, he never got the guns. The railroads are victims of a crime. All that’s left is to wrangle out the insurance.
Norfolk Southern says it’s working with the Chicago Police and ATF to deal thefts. It added its own police patrol monitors the trains 24/7 to deter trespassing and criminal activity.
A spokesman for the rail industry says security and safety throughout the nation’s rail industry are ongoing priorities. He says the close collaboration with law enforcement agencies is exceptional.
Still, there’s no regulation in place to require extra security or even that the railroads notify police when guns are passing through. State Senator Jones says he’s proposing legislation to change the rules. According to Jones, “When we ship our military supplies across country the federal government provides armed security guards to watch the cargo. In some sense I think we need to do the same thing for guns. Or at least require manufacturer to do that for guns shipped over trains.”
Jones says, even a phone call to provide a heads up that guns are passing through Chicago would be helpful. He says he made that suggestion to Norfolk.
“I did mention that to Norfolk that you should reach out to the city of Chicago and let them know, ‘Hey train A & B is coming in the night on these tracks in this particular area.’ In that way it would alert law enforcement because they are alerting police every day out in the streets of what to look out for. And I think this would be a great way to work with the city of Chicago to prevent this from happening again.”
The rail industry won’t discuss their security measures. You can view their entire statement below.
The Association of American Railroads released a statement to WGN News saying:
Security and safety throughout the nation’s rail industry are ongoing priorities with a unified security plan providing the framework for cooperation among railroads with government law enforcement agencies. The reporting of incidents and sharing of security information enable monitoring for trends or emerging concerns in types of activity and in geographic areas.
Particularly emphasized are security training and awareness initiatives with employees, focused on informed vigilance and effective reporting; intelligence and security information sharing with federal law enforcement, security, and intelligence agencies; cooperation across railroads and with local and state law enforcement agencies; and recurring exercises to test security plans and procedures.
Cooperation in assessing threats and investigating incidents is strong and the close collaboration among railroads, Chicago police, FBI, ATF and other local law enforcement agencies is exceptional. One example of this close collaboration is with the FBI’s Rail Security Program, with Rail Liaison Agents assigned in field offices nationally, including the Chicago area, that specialize in investigations and information sharing with railroad police and local and state police. Original Article