Friday, June 3, 2011

Weekly lawlessness recap

It ain't just Russian king crab. More and more stuff seems to be fallin off of trucks lately, with government estimates ranging from $10 billion to $30 billion a year in cargo theft.
California was the top state for the crime in 2010 with 247, followed by Texas, 91; and Florida, 66. The bureau identified 747 cargo thefts nationwide worth $171 million.

Electronics topped on the list for type of item stolen, followed by “other” and food items.

All three commodities are relatively easy for criminals to sell after they are stolen with many of the goods being resold online, at flea markets, and overseas, the report said.
-Biz Journals

In Massachusetts, thieves took it step further and stole a "gigantic" chunk of railroad track.

A mayor in Columus, Georgia has formed a copper theft task force