Railroad PD Apologizes For Catching Thieves With Bait Truck After Viral Outrage

Police launched a sting operation to catch people stealing guns and ammunition.

Chicago, IL – The Norfolk Southern Railroad Police Department apologized Friday after they were recorded conducting a sting operation after guns and ammunition had been stolen recently from in-transit freight containers.

A freight truck was parked in several locations a few blocks from the rail yards in the area where the thefts had happened in hopes of luring the criminals back.

Three men were arrested and charged with burglary for breaking into the trucks during the sting, according to USA Today.

However, some community members claimed police were “baiting” young people who played basketball in the parks near the railway because the freight truck was loaded with Nike basketball shoes.

A video was posted on YouTube where angry community members accused police of using the truck to lure children from the nearby park.

"Freight theft specifically in this area has been increasing as the volume of rail traffic moving through the city of Chicago also increased," Norfolk Southern Railway Spokeswoman Susan Terpay said, according to USA Today. "This week’s police operation was intended to directly combat such unacceptable thefts.”

Terpay said the truck was never parked near a basketball court and was not left open so that the thieves wouldn't know was was in the trailers until after they broke in, according to USA Today.

Chicago police said that Terrell Melvin, 21, David King, 36, and Floyd Allen, 59, were initially charged with burglary after the truck’s trailer was broken into last week.

However, all charges were dropped Thursday after community outrage.

Some community members said the “bait” truck full of Nike shoes was left in a poor neighborhood and was an obvious attempt to target black youth.

"The police parked a truck with boxes of Nike shoes in front of kids, lifted up, and when people hop in the truck, the police hopping out on them " said Charles McKenzie in a video he posted on Facebook.

In another video a man swears at police officers as he approached them about the sting.

"Y'all dirty, man," the man yelled at police. "Y'all see kids playing ball and you pull a f----- Nike truck into the ghetto."

The railroad apologized on Friday for catching the thieves.

"Norfolk Southern recognizes that, despite the need to safeguard freight in the area, this operation eroded trust between law enforcement and the community," the statement read, in part. "We sincerely regret that our actions caused further unease, and we don't plan to use this method in the future."

You can see a viral video from one of the stings below:

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Tmorh
Tmorh

What kind of an ignorant society are we making

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

The citizens of Chicago are dooming themselves. Seems like the citizens who are tired of crime in their community believe that their children are predisposes to commit crime with out a thought.

burgerallday
burgerallday

Insanity

walkintall
walkintall

Every municipality ultimately gets the style, type, and behavior of the local policing that they want. They do this by electing the officials who will appoint the managers who will direct the type of policing that is desired.....BY THE VOTERS. If the people of Chicago want a change, the answer is obvious. Elect leaders who will appoint managers who will let the Chicago area policing departments to do their job without impediment.

crankydude33
crankydude33

Complete bulls%it I wouldn't work for a bunch of ass kissing leaders like these. Bowing down to the criminals

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Like a bunch of jackals, preying on whatever is nearby to steal from. Chicago is a cesspool of slimy people who don't take responsibility for ANYTHING yet expect EVERYTHING and it's ALWAYS someone elses fault. Disgusting pond scum

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

What the fuck ever happened to ‘don’t steal’, don’t commit burglary? What’s next, they going to blame Walmart for their thievery because they had products on the shelves? Not to mention the three people arrested were NOT children. Useless feck’n humans!

AndyJ
AndyJ

Well, it is Crook County. Where the states attorney refuses to charge people (or folks) and the judges only slap them on the wrists if they do get charged.

angeleyes
angeleyes

"community members" aka family of thugs had a fit. But of course there are more of them having a fit then there are of us defending the actions of the officers, serves us right people. we can bitch and moan about how right the officers are in catching thugs in the act and then being let go, but we do nothing about it except bitch and moan. We cry about BLM and the other terrorist organizations, but they know how to make politicians pay attention and defer to them. We know too, but we don't do anything.

bdryden
bdryden

Why in the hell are you apologizing for catching criminals?

RetiredCaLe
RetiredCaLe

This is total BS. God forbid if the police arrest criminals. CPD provided the opportunity and some criminal thugs took advantage of the situation. Too much PC crap.

DocRyder
DocRyder

Really? Funny, my mother taught me not to steal. Their mothers curse the PoPo far catching them. Therein lies the difference in cultures, folks.

ExWaCop85-90
ExWaCop85-90

Way to fold, guys. They were kinda old to be called kids.

The express
The express

CPD WTF is wrong with you ? You got no balls? F it just park outside of the hoods and go in and pick up the bodies in the morning,and watch the same people cry?It's time for the President to come to your ghetto city and clean it up for the law abiding citizens.

Will0838
Will0838

Another example of the PC garbage shoved down our throats. Choices have consequences. If this continues we’re all sunk! SMH

Forsaken
Forsaken

I’d tell the community to eat a d**k. Makes the agency look guilty of wrongdoing apologizing for criminals being criminals.

Reb0907
Reb0907

Wow screw the criminals and i hope Chicago burns to the ground.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Can we re-enact the night that Chicago burns to the ground ? And CPD......where are your balls ?? Those were't "kids" that broke into that truck. Grow a set dammit !

gfc1963
gfc1963

These community leaders will soon be shouting twhen the stolen guns start killing thier people!! And for the police to drop the charges - no wonder criminals laugh at the law!!

readd96
readd96

Why would you apologize. You can’t bit I I also unls they are criminals!!!!!!!

readd96
readd96

Why would you apologize? You can’t bait criminals unless they are criminals!!! They still committed burglary!!!!!

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Setting out a bait truck to catch children, how awful!!! Wait a minute ..... The persons apprehended were ages 21, 36, and 59? How old do you have to be before you become an adult in Chicago?

Grog
Grog

WTF?????? Why apologize for the thieve's criminal behavior? Those "community members" are making excuses and justifying the "young people's" criminal actions by sayig they were baited with Nikes. Well, YES THEY WERE! And they also made the conscious choice to commit the crime! It was their decision and theirs alone! And yet the police apologized. Our society is totally f**ked and Chicago is a cesspool of cockroaches!

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Seriously WTF - there's a damn TV show where they nice SUVs around Los Angeles with the damn keys in them, sometimes even with the door ajar, and watch people steal it. Other departments bait with bicycles left unlocked. Prostitute stings. Totally standard police work.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

In the future, bait cars will be filled only with items thieves don't want.

JBo
JBo

Two things:

(1) Chicago

(2) Why is a law enforcement agency apologizing for arresting criminals?

Talk about eroding trust.

K9smatter
K9smatter

Absolutely ridiculous! A thief is a thief! They had NO business even going near that rail car, whether it was guns and ammunition, Nike's, or damn toilet paper! Don't steal! And since when are 21, 36, and 59 considered "kids"? 🤔😡

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

So what this community is indirectly saying is that they themselves cannot be responsible for their own illegal actions and activities,. How dare you all temp us so easily that we just cannot help ourselves from stealing. Dont you all know we cannot think for ourselves, that we do not know right from wrong, that we are not mature ,educated,law abiding individuals. How dare you as you all full well know its everyone else's fault ,not ours. How dare you that you dont realize that all of our poor behaviors,values,ethics,and morales, are due to you all being racist. Do you not all realize we are entitled? .....

.....Yes, how foolish of us.... and we are so sorry for you.

RPG156
RPG156

Just for the record, the community outrage is bassackwards and a police administrator that apologizes for legally enforcing the law should resign. Activists will always spin right into wrong and blame everyone but the criminal for the crime. Once the police take responsibility for what criminals do, the battle is lost. Society dies.

Boogers Allday
Boogers Allday

Next truck they set up, put a Nike symbol on it, and wire the back door with C4.

LStarr
LStarr

Disgusting that the criminals were apologized to. Caving to thieves....what on earth? Besides that, according to the story, the thieves did NOT KNOW what was in that truck, so how - HOW - was that "baiting"?!! You would have deserved awards if you had charged them, now all you have is a) definitely NO respect from the community and b) no thieves in your jail! I'm so disappointed. What is LE coming to when they apologize for catching the criminal?

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF??? Apologizing for arresting thieves??? And these weren't "kids"!! They were adults who knew exactly what they were doing!!! No wonder Chicago is a shithole!! Time to build a wall around it, cut off all funding and let them fend for themselves!!! Sick of the thugs making the rules!!!

magnumforc
magnumforc

And therein lies the story of Chicago. Steal a car and blame the driver for parking it where it was, murder someone and it's because they were where they were, rob a store and it's because they left the door unlocked during business hours, loot an establishment and it's because they had merchandise in the store window. Put a bait car on the street and they scream it was wrong because you know they like Cadillac's and Lexus; you should have left an old Hyundai so only the most desperate would grab it. Put security gates and grates up and you are being racist keeping the thugs out. Shoot a cop and it's because your ancestors were treated unfairly by what was then law. No punishment for crime, because doing so is unfair. What's unfair is that scum like this lives and breathes and Chicago, like so many other liberal cities, panders to their every wish. .

The BBP
The BBP

What am I missing? Is there now an entitlement to thievery? I am fat, if you park a gut truck outside my home am I allowed to rob it because you put trigger food near me?

How did we get to where grown men break into a vehicle get an apology for "tempting" them with an option to burglarize something? How has the concept of personal responsibility been completely eroded from this situation?

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Excuse me what did I miss? These were not kids who were arrested these were grown a** men! Also just because you live in the ghetto or are poor that means that stealing is OK. No wonder Chicago is a cesspool.

GForce48
GForce48

And we wonder why shitholes like Chicago exist! Unbelievable justification is made on a daily basis for illegal and unjustifiable behavior!

FSchloss
FSchloss

There's no wonder why Chicago has such a high crime rate. They deserve it. Simple!

Snooper
Snooper

So, just how in hell did those brothers know that it was a Nike truck. And exactly what difference does it make, they broke into a sealed rail van which is against the law. Idiots, don't break the law and you won't get caught!

LEO0301
LEO0301

So what the community is telling us is that black people are predisposed to committing crimes. They apparently can't help themselves because they're black. If you're a "person of color" the laws that govern the rest of society don't apply to you because you're incapable of knowing right from wrong.

FuzzBall44
FuzzBall44

It’s no wonder Oprah lives in Santa Barbara. You couldn’t pay me to drive thru Chicago! What an effing scumpit!

Irishiz1313
Irishiz1313

Proof we are living in an alternative universe as Kanye West claims the Urban Plantation will never change when u have ghetto race pimps/husslas always defending bad guys Have u ever wondered why when a black gang banging gun toten thug gets dead or jailed by Cops Blacks protest/riot YET when a white trash gun toten punk thug gets dead or jailed by Cops Whites say thank God another criminal off the streets

Skoolboy42
Skoolboy42

That is so indicative why the corruption runs rampant there. Instead of holding ANYONE accountable, blame all wrongdoing on anyone else but the lawbreakers. While I support the police they did no favors for themselves in caving in to community outrage that anyone should be accountable for their actions. It’s no wonder there are so many shootings and so many unsolved crimes. Corrupt politicians and corrupt communities.

stxnpx
stxnpx

I sold all of my Norfolk Southern stock on Friday. With the way this blatant theft has been handled, I don't have any confidence that management is using common sense for anything else, either. What a shame that good police work, with excellent results, was wasted because of a company's PC mentality.

Fire_and_Steel
Fire_and_Steel

"Targeting young people from the neighborhood." Er, yeah, the three mopes who got arrested were age 21, 36, and 59. If it ain't yours, leave it the hell alone, and you won't have to worry about feeling "targeted."

61mouse
61mouse

Are you fucking kidding me

IggyRu
IggyRu

I'm assuming the politicians are fools as well.

Steve1
Steve1

This is plain ignorance, these people blaming the cops for parking a truck, (I did not see any name on the truck nor trailer) for being robbed. The drop all charges? All officials involved should be relieved of duties, rearrests the thieves and throw the book at them!

Katarina
Katarina

Saddest thing about this story is the apology. If the thieves hadn't broken into the truck, they wouldn't have known what it contained. Charges never should have been dropped. We all pay more for products because producers have to make it up due to the thefts.

chiefd
chiefd

Great working in Chicago. A bunch of unemployed, stupid ghetto rats want to rant about catching thieves instead of being happy thieves are being caught.

What a bunch of crap.

GuillermoPiedras
GuillermoPiedras

The answer for shippers is clear: avoid shipping through Chicago if possible.